Life can be so awesome. All you have to do is take some chances. Push some boundaries. Go exploring.
When I was 22, I moved to Barrow, Alaska with a few of my friends. We had just graduated from college and weren’t quite ready to enter the real world yet. In case you don’t know where Barrow is, it is the northern most point in the US.
I must say, it was quite a shock. By September, the ocean had begun to freeze over. By October, it was totally dark for most of the day. In January, we didn’t see any light for weeks. Come March, the sun was out most of the time. By June, we didn’t see any darkness for weeks. Crazy.
But that wasn’t the coolest part.
We befriended many people who have never left Barrow (it’s land locked meaning there are no roads so the only way in and out is by plane and the closest village is Prudhoe Bay which is 90 miles away. For reference, Fairbanks is 502 miles south!). The Inupiat Eskimo hunt Bowhead whales and they bring them onto the land and then make food out of them. They eat the blubber which they call Muktuk. It was strange but really cool.
We saw polar bears.
We rode snow machines on the tundra and chased antelope.
We experienced 60 degree BELOW zero weather (you literally could not have any skin exposed just to walk 20 feet outside to the car).
While I was there, I really missed my family. And sometimes it was really hard to be away from them. But I learned a lot about myself. Things like perseverance, acceptance and open-mindedness.
I have often been asked if I would ever go back. I don’t think I would but I also wouldn’t trade the experience for $1,000,000.
Take some chances. Experience some life. You never know what you’ll find.