I’ve been thinking lately about all of the things that I want to do with my “new found freedom.” It’s an oddity, really, that I should call it a new found freedom, but I really don’t know how to describe it otherwise. In my past, there were a lot of things that I put off doing for various reasons. Money, namely, was the main culprit for my inability to do the things that I wanted to do, but time also played a huge role in my monotony.
Ultimate frisbee may have been the victim of my own demise – we spent a lot of money and time going to tournaments. We went all over to play together: Austin Texas, Little Rock, Knoxville, Florida, North Carolina, just to name a few – but all of them were for serious tournaments that we had to go to bed early, get up early, and actually focus on playing to win. There were only two tournaments that he would agree to go to that were tournaments based around fun and not necessarily the desire or need to win. I wanted to go to other tournaments that were based upon fun, but there was always an excuse as to why we couldn’t go – money, again, being the main culprit. Ultimate, for those who really don’t know, is a money suck. I feel a little guilty for how much time and money I used up without really knowing it.
So, I started thinking about all the things that I want to do and decided that I was going to make a wish list of my top three things that I want right now. Here it is, and should you happen to want to join me on any of these endeavors, please do!
1. More hiking and backpacking. I’m so glad that I got to go on the Benton MacKaye
trail with some really awesome people. I had an amazing time and it was a great adventure, but I want more. I had wanted to go hiking and camping with the ex, but… My next adventure that I’m going to plan for would be a hike in the great Smoky Mountains during the fall. I want hiking and camping in Autumn, because its my favorite time of year. It’s when the air is crisp, the foliage is lustrous and the smell is amazing. Plus, in good company again, of course. I’m hoping to get Katie to come, at the very least, as she was super great company on the trail.
Also, for my biggest outdoor adventure, I really want to go to the Rae Lakes Loop. However, this is a trip that cannot be whimsically created off the random conversations taking place over a cold beer on a hot Atlanta summer night. The idea, however, may form from that – but this is something that is going to have to be methodically plotted out. It’s definitely on my “have to do sometime soon” list. I’m very excited about and it looks absolutely stunning. Just got a find a few suckers who want to join me.
2. Portland, Maine. Yeah, I bet you’re thinking that this is way off in left field, but let me explain. It’s not only a wish list, but this is a bucket list thing for me, too. I want to sit on the beach, in Maine, watching the waves crash against the sandy shore and feel the ocean spray against my face. I want to smell the salty, deep sea air. And, really, I just want to eat a lobster on the beach in Maine. I love sea food – gimme them ocean crustaceans – but, I’m a sea girl. I was taught to swim in the ocean. I was taught to fear, respect and listen to the sea, too. More importantly, I was taught how to eat the oceans gifts. I want to fly to Maine, camp on the beach and eat a lobster. Not to mention that I want to walk through Portland and see how beautiful it is – I’ve only heard good things about it.
3. Korea – I met a guy named Sun while playing frisbee with KSU. Casually, and semi-jokingly, Sun asked a few of us if we wanted to go to Korea with him next summer when he returns home to see his family. My answer is…. absolutely! I really would love to go on this trip and think it would an amazing experience. Not only to be in Korea, but to be in Korea and experience it with someone on a non-touristy level would be the icing on the cake! Plus, Sun is the biggest bundle of joy I’ve ever met and hard to not enjoy spending time with. I really think this is my ultimate goal – to save enough money to go with him next year.
There are other things that I want to do, but these three things are by far the most demanding of my attention. I’m starting to become of the mindset that I am only 25 years old and that I will never get any younger. I want to experience so much and I’m going to do it. I really, really will.