Gratitude Prompt #8 - What A Trip

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Going on vacation is something we all look forward to, but after a trip is done, how often do you look back at the photos, relive the memories, and think: how lucky am I to have been there?

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week's prompt is about reliving the best trip you've ever taken, and remembering how good it is to have that experience under your belt. Whether it's walking under waterfalls in Iceland, or just the ride of your life at Cedar Point, think about what made it the best vacation ever.

THE PROMPT:

What was your favorite vacation you ever took?

Where did you go, who did you meet, what made it so amazing? Write 1-2 pages about the trip and what made it so special. You may feel a sad sense of nostalgia writing about it, so be sure to end what you write by focusing on how grateful you are to have had such a wonderful experience. 

WHAT I WROTE:

This is an easy one for me, because the best trip I ever took was just a couple of months ago, when my husband and I went to the Canadian Rockies. Not only was it the most beautiful place I've ever seen in person, but while we were there we met a couple of hikers who became new friends. I'm convinced there's magic in the mountains, because we were under a spell that made us feel like kids again. The water was bluer, the air cleaner, and every moment felt like and adventure. As soon as we left there was the distinct sense that we were "back in the real world"… but I'll never forget the feeling, after hiking to the top of a mountain and back down, of wading into icy mountain water up to our knees and feeling the cool water soothe our aching muscles. And I am so grateful to have made such wonderful friends at the same time!

"The only adequate response to reality is wonder." Flannery O'Connor


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