The Wonder Years

As a child, one of the things that I always wanted to do was to travel around the world and truly see how breathtaking it is, but the opportunity to travel never came until this year. Mason pitched the idea of going to Europe for 11 days to explore Switzerland/Italy and I said yes without thinking twice. Shortly after, we bought our tickets and the dates were set. The only thing that we had to do was get on the plane and go.

As the date to travel got closer, more and more internal battles showed themselves. The thought of being uncomfortable is something that every human being dislikes. During this trip, the biggest thing that I've learned is that you need to be put into uncomfortable situations to grow and progress. I've learned so much more about myself and have gained new insights on life.

Through photography, I had no idea that I would be traveling around the world with my best friends. I bought a camera after my friend Ryan passed away suddenly. Through his passing, I realized that life is so short and the biggest mistake that we all make in life, is that we assume that we have time. Through all of this, this trip has confirmed that I want to pursue photography for the rest of my life. I want people to understand that we're not sharing photos on an app for the likes/followers, but to share the things we learn and the stories we obtain.

I believe that the best thing about traveling, is the people you meet. During this trip, we met two amazing individuals and they're passion for photography is not just amazing, but inspiring. Everyone has their individual goals, but in the end, we all share one goal. That goal is to live life to the fullest, inspire others, and have a good time.

I'm sad that we have to leave such a wonderful place, but I know that I'll be back again soon. I'm excited to spend more time with my new friends and meet many more. If I can leave you with some advice, it would be to cherish every single opportunity to spend time with your friends and loved ones, travel as much as you can, put yourself in uncomfortable situations, and don't allow anyone to tell you that your dreams unrealistic. The years that we currently live are the wonder years. Stay curious🤘🏻

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain