Yesterday I wrapped my first official commencement as staff at my alma mater. I work in the PR department, which means I sent out the press release prior to the event, corresponded with the media about coverage, did social media and took pictures during the ceremonies. I’ve learned to acquire many skills for this job, which has been great experience. Naturally, this made me emotional and sentimental – It’s crazy to think that just a year ago, I was sitting in the very seats with my friends as those graduates were this weekend. I thought I had to have the rest of my life figured out right away, and I didn’t even have a plan past that weekend. I had no job lined up and I knew Nashville wasn’t calling my name just yet. But, I had faith that it would all come together. A year later, I do have a good job that I enjoy and pays well, but I’m no more certain about my future and what I’m going to do for the rest of my life than I was last year as I walked across the stage. I AM, however, more certain in who I put my hope in and that’s Christ. My relationship with Him has been tested and has grown deeper, and that’s one thing I wouldn’t trade for anything.
After the ceremony ended yesterday, I came home. Then, my parents and I went out for lunch – after about an hour of “where do you want to eat?,” we ended up at a cafe downtown, which was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” The 24th Street Café, which is tasty and has a little bit of everything. My parents, especially my dad is always up for an adventure and wanting to do something fun. So, after we finished eating, he asked if we wanted to take a drive near the canyon. I love our drives. There are so many parts of our city that we tend to forget about, and I love any chance I can to get away from it all. Especially after a busy week like this one.
I love adventuring. While it was completely spur of the moment, and I didn’t wear the right shoes, part of me loved that. I loved the improvisation of it all. I loved that we didn’t know where we were going necessarily. I loved that we didn’t know where we were going to end up.
The mountains. The trees. The river rushing wildly. It makes my heart beat faster just thinking about it. That’s where I want to spend my time. That’s where I feel most creative. That’s where I feel alive. How gorgeous are the views? It’s so peaceful and allowed me to clear my head.
I started feeling lousy after awhile – a bad headache and too many twists and turns, but we took a little visit to the small town of Kernville, which I am kind of obsessed with. It has that charm of Stars Hollow from “Gilmore Girls,” or the idea of “everybody knows your name,” like “Cheers” with cutesy little diners and touristy attractions. We stopped at the convenience store, because my dad wanted to grab a water. We also grabbed some candy, for that mid-afternoon (need sugar) pick-me-up. The cashier to check us out in line was a girl, probably about my age, with a bandana tied in her hair. She was singing along to Maddie and Tae’s song on the radio, and had a beautiful voice. We joked that she was probably trying to get discovered – and I hope she does. She was really good. We listed to the country countdown with Storme Warren on The Highway, which was the perfect soundtrack for our excursion. Someday soon, we’re going to go back again and do river rafting and eat at Ewing’s on the River, which is the most popular eatery in the town – I have a lot of friends who have eaten there. The scenery had the wheels in my mind turning for story ideas. Those are the best trips of all.
I also can’t forget to mention how my mom was shaking her cup to shift the ice. Well, I decided to be a smartie about it, and did the same thing to show how annoying it was. The only problem was that as I shook my styrofoam cup, apparently I did it a little too hard. The lid popped off and ice went everywhere, including on my parents. We all looked at each other, like ‘what just happened?’ and couldn’t stop laughing. It was the funniest and most random thing to take place all day. But, it’s moments like that I live for.
I can’t get over how perfect it all was. I love adventuring and hope for more days like this during the summer. *sigh*
That’s all for now,