Before I write about any more of my experience so far, I need to remember how I got to be in the place that I am. Truthfully, I can sum it up into two words: my parents. It might be cliché, but without them I would not be the person I am or able to do the things I have done. These two people have given me the chance to experience the world, shared my stories, and been there for me when I was thrown a curveball. They brought me up with the understanding that these types of trips can change your entire outlook on the world. As I realize that they would give anything (both time, money, and love) for me to live this life, I am eternally grateful. They have given me a life of happiness, care, and love.
Beyond this trip reminding me how lucky I am to have these two as my parents, I am reminded of something else: at the end of the day family is the most important thing. It doesn’t matter how much you do, how much you see, how much you care – if you don’t have the loved ones to share it with. I am always going to have the urge to travel, to experience, to meet new people – but I am fully understanding that being a present member of your family is one of the most beautiful gifts you can ever give and receive. Hopefully you are lucky enough to even be able to share all the travels and dreams together.