Rapunzel: I’ve been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?
Flynn Rider: It will be.
I never thought I would ever watch Walt Disney’s Tangled, nonetheless feel like Rapunzel (without the golden hair) and quote it as my life story.
But jokes aside, here are the facts; I did spend eighteen years of my life wondering what was out there, dreaming of throwing myself into the world, and thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, I did so. Two weeks after my eighteenth birthday I packed a suitcase and left for Apple Valley, Minnesota.
I had the American dream, I lived the American dream. And yes, it was everything I dreamed it would be. For two and a half years I had a great time, I made unforgettable friends and lived with amazing host families that gave me nothing but love, and took me in as one of their own.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well,that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.
Right now that is what I am doing, I found a new dream, and I am out again living it.
So, cheers to that.
- Post’s Photo: Hitchhiking through the Patagonia, July 18th, 2011.