In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Re-springing Your Step.”
Re-springing Your Step
Tell us about the last experience you had that left you feeling fresh, energized, and rejuvenated. What was it that had such a positive effect on you?
i have a love-hate relationship with traveling. every time i leave my hometown, i’m excited about possibilities. that includes the places i might visit, the food along the way, and the people i could encounter. sadly, i’m too optimistic about traveling. i imagine local barbecue and am instead greeted with bone-dry steak from o’charleys. i expected walking across the edmund pettus bridge in selma as a life changing moment, as if a 380 meter stretch of land can make me a better person. it was rainy and i could tell that people who actually live there were incredulous, probably wondering why in the world a class of high schoolers was walking so close to the cars as the rain fell on them. it’s the same as looking out the window on the way home during traffic and seeing sunburned tourists with sunglasses and binoculars slowly passing you on segways. always entertaining, often questionable.
that said, the visit to alabama was refreshing. there’s something so breathtaking about living in a place other than your home, even if it is for just a few nights. to have everything you need within walking distance- exercise equipment, a pool, beds and of course, great dining. and to see a place as a tourist is thrilling, because in new york city or paris, times square and the eiffel tower aren’t jam-packed nuisances. i’m a history geek, so visiting historical sites and memorials are that i looked forward to more than anyone else.
i also think visiting alabama stood out to me because i went with classmates and teachers instead of my parents and sister. if there’s anything i hate, it’s family vacations. they’re tense and emotionally demanding, filled with fake smiles and impromptu but unwelcome photo shoots. teachers are a lot more understanding people outside of school. we even visited a nonprofit law firm focused on defending people who have been victims of the unjust legal system. it was real world, which made things so much more interesting, and i know that not everyone who visited montgomery zombie-walked through the offices. nothing to ruin a vacation than to realize over and over again that you’re just one of the thousands to read this information and walk through these doors.