It’s All Part of The Adventure

Elissa - Aiken, South Carolina
Entered on March 22, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: carpe diem
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Everyday is a surprise. I Believe It’s All A Part of the Adventure. My adventure began last summer when I went on a mission trip to the Navajo Nation. I arrived at the airport around 7:20 a.m., positively sure I was going to miss my 7:40 a.m. flight. Rushing through the airport I prayed for something most people don’t pray for, a delay! As I maneuvered through luggage and lost children, chaos and commotion consumed me. A lady came on the intercom and said: “Will passenger Elissa Visotski please come to gate 8, your plane is departing.” Uh-oh.

My time at the Navajo Nation made me realize that I have a whole life ahead of me and I cannot allow the little things to stand in my way.

It was the end of July when I returned to reality. The summer was coming to an end. I began to worry about college applications and Mr. LeVert’s senior religion project.

Finally, after waiting anxiously for 3 years, August 17th arrived, the first day of senior year. The year started out just like any other year, except there seemed to be a lot more work. More work? I thought senior year was supposed to be the “fun” year. However, it was my choice to play volleyball, take four AP classes, and be student council president, all at the same time. It took me several weeks before I realized what I had gotten myself into.

As the college application process began to slow down, other things began to speed up. I’m not going to lie, it was hard juggling 2 ½ hour practices everyday with papers to write and events to plan. Life sometimes hands us situations we do not care for. But by taking the good and the bad and having a positive attitude, I learned that no matter how hectic my life gets, it’s all part of the adventure.

My dad once told me, “Life is short, and death is for a very long time.” Coming from a Funeral Director, I wasn’t surprised when he said this. Everyday for the rest of my life I will encounter difficulties and if I didn’t my life would be uneventful. I can’t just pause my life when things get overwhelming. No one said the adventure was going to be easy. Everyday is a surprise, this I believe.

And by the way, I made my flight.