Last week I took an impromptu trip back to Colorado. It’s been 11 years since I’ve been back there. I will never go that long again.
I moved to Colorado after I graduated college. I decided to stay close to home when I chose what school I went to. I wasn’t ready to leave the comfort of home just yet. After graduation though, I was ready. A friend of mine was bouncing around the idea of moving to Boulder. I had nothing better going on in Orlando so I decided to tag along for the adventure. Plus having a good friend with me, made the big move a lot less scary. I was going along in my planning when I realized my friend wasn’t displaying the same enthusiasm as I was. I slowly realized she wouldn’t pull the trigger on the move. But I knew I had to go. Too much research on my new city wouldn’t deter me. I had kind of fallen in love with Boulder or at least the idea of living in Boulder. So I went. By myself. I didn’t know a soul.
The best decision I’ve ever made. I grew up. I found myself and discovered what was important to me. Colorado was all about new experiences. I had never stepped foot in the mountains before. I had never camped or hiked. I saw moose and elk. I quit one of my two jobs and camped for a summer. I heard bear up there almost every morning. Everything was new. I saw snow (the time it snowed in Orlando doesn’t count). I got my car stuck in the snowy mountains. I fell in love. I realized life wasn’t as black and white as I liked it to be.
My trip last week stayed true to my old Colorado life. I snowboarded for the first time. I was one broke girl when I lived there before and skiiing was too rich of a hobby for my blood. Cue my friend and I going to Keystone for the night. I took a full-day lesson. I had a blast. I never left the learning area and in the 3,000+ skiable acres at Keystone I managed to make it down .10 mile stretch once without falling.
I also stood onstage at Red Rocks.
I saw nature. And it saw me.
I miss waking up to the postcard every morning. I was lucky to have it once. I just hope I’m lucky enough to have it again.