Running Wild

No medical terms, no bullshit, just life


Since I’ve been out here, I have to admit I haven’t really been all that homesick. Sure I miss my parents and my sister and my dogs and everything, but I’m never sitting around wishing that I was with them. I’m taking that as a sign I’m growing up.

However, tonight my parents are coming to visit. And I am beyond excited.

I was raised by two of the most supportive parents in the world. There’s no way I would have had half the courage to do what I’m doing if it wasn’t for them. Between long talks on Saturday afternoons in the craft room with my mom, and invaluable advice from my dad around the bonfire while we keep drinking long after the rest of the world has gone to sleep, I’ve been given the gift of unconditional love and support.

Over the past 23 years they have taught me to be brave, and honest, and to work hard, and stay humble. But not just that. They have also taught me that one of the most important things in life is who you share it with. In other words, surround yourself with good people.

So far I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that – at least out here I have. It’s only been a month and I already consider my housemates as family. I can’t remember the last time I had this big of a connection with someone who wasn’t related to me. Maybe it’s because we all work at the same place and have multiple common interests. Regardless, this place has very quickly become a place I can call “home” and it will be extremely hard to leave it and even harder to leave these wonderful people. But I know we’ll always stay in touch, or at least try to.

These people are in my life for a reason – they’re important. They are changing my story in the best way possible. I took this externship because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and experience something new. I wanted to be brave and take a risk. I wanted to become a better technician, friend, person. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m not coming back to Illinois the same person as I was when I left it. And after I graduate I can’t promise I will stay. I know there’s so much more out there in the world that I want to be a part of. So much more that I want to see and do. And right now, it’s something I need to do on my own. I have my parents to thank for raising me to be so independent.

It’s not just the mountains that are calling; it’s the rivers, and the valleys, and the deserts, and everything in between.

I don’t want to settle for a simple life, for I am not a simple person.



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