To Feel Alive

A year liberated from the shackles and chains clamped on by school and work…there is so much that I would do!
I would cherish time with my grandmother. I see her during the holidays, but it is never enough. She is the most amazing woman I have ever known. She basically raised four children by herself as her husband spent most of his time in the field: farming. I was in high school when my grandfather passed away. I was young and thought that my family would be here forever…my endless stream of tears at his morbid funeral proved me wrong. I vowed to never take for granted the power of family.
She is the one person that makes me believe that there is something splendid left in this world-the quintessence of love and selflessness. I feel that I am a better person for just knowing her. When I started making goals in life, my main aspiration was to become more like her. She is full of wisdom and compassion. If I could capture just ten percent of her internal beauty, I would be a fulfilled woman.
I want to see the world. I have been in Texas my entire life. There is so much more out there. I want to be captivated by the grand Parthenon in Greece, kiss the textured Blarney Stone in Ireland, feel the cold air brush across my face at the Alps in Switzerland, hear the rich sounds of bagpipes in the Scottish Highlands, taste the sweet nectar of the streams of water in Niagara Falls in Ontario, and smell the bitter sweat of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. I want to take in and experience different cultures that are outside of my realm. These great images intrigue me.
Travel and exploring new cultures and lifestyles would greatly enhance my goal of becoming a world renowned author. All I can think about is writing. I am constantly writing down ideas for the next great novel. This time off would allow me to write down my ideas and not have to worry about paying the bills every month or passing that next crucial exam. I would combine all my experience with the wisdom of my grandmother and the things that I have seen and felt while exploring the world. I want to motivate someone and make an impact in someone’s life by my words. If I inspire one person, I will achieve my goal of touching someone’s heart.
As for now, I will continue to work hard and study harder. I may not have the chance to take an entire year off from the real world, but I will continue to dream. If the opportunity arises to spend time with my grandmother or travel, I won’t hesitate. I have one life to live and I won’t look back. I want to feel alive. I will continue to write down my thoughts-you will be hearing of me. The next great novel is in the works!

To Feel Alive


Bryan, United States

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If I had a year off…

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