Monthly Archives: December 2012

Colorado

So we made it through five states and are halfway through the sixth, which is Kansas. Kansas is potentially the worst state to drive through. I’ve driven cross country about half a dozen times and most times I’ve gone through Kansas. But you have to drive through that state if you want to experience the Rockies in Colorado. I love Colorado. It’s my favorite state in the US and I see myself settling down in Colorado at some point in the future. Colorado is home to 50+ peaks over 14,000 feet; some of the best skiing/snowboarding in the world; incredible hiking, mountain biking, trail running and rock climbing; and essentially everything else an outdoor beauty lover could ever ask for. As the old adage goes, “The winter is why we came, but the summer is why we stayed,” referring to the winter adventure seekers that make pilgrimage to mountain areas in search of perpetual powder days and then discover the breathtaking beauty and endless opportunities found in the spring, summer and autumn months. There is so much to do that I may have to move there ahead of my plan!

One of my best friends that I grew up with in Pennsylvania was from Colorado and he lives there again today. Ever since I was a young lad, my heart was in the West and I remember asking my friend question after question about Colorado. It got to the point where he said to me, “Jon, you can’t ask me anymore questions about Colorado until you actually visit.” So visit I did. It was the summer of 2003 when my dad and I drove from Pennsylvania to Georgia and then onto Colorado and finally Arizona. I spent a week in Colorado Springs and it was the week of my life. The highlight was climbing my first Fourteener, Pikes Peak, with an elevation of 14.110 feet. I’ll never forget that. It made such an impression that I wrote my college admission’s essay about that very experience.

But as much as I love the geography and adventure potential of Colorado, it is the friends I have there that make it my favorite state. I think there is an intangible that people from Colorado possess–an inborn appreciation for the beauty of God’s creation and a desire to explore it.

Here’s to Colorado. May it’s beauty always point us to the One who made it, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.

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Last day

Today is my last day of living in California. I will not close the door on ever moving back, but there is a big world out there and I intend to explore it. I am restless at heart and always have been, especially after I tasted foreign travel for the first time when I went to Hong Kong and lived there for a semester in 2006. But I got a “great” job offer after college–I got the job at the bank with a good starting salary and benefits the week after Lehman Brothers failed in late 2008–and thought I should probably take it. It’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Go to school, study hard and then get a good, safe and secure job once you graduate. Well, it’s been four years and I still can’t wrap my head around that one; still can’t wrap my head around “settling” and putting my dreams on hold for the illusion of safety and security. At the end of the day, there is very little we are really in control of, and even those things we think we have control over, we probably don’t. God is in control and life is about trusting in His plan and having the faith to take risks because as a friend once told me, FAITH is always spelled R-I-S-K. And life is about swallowing my pride on a daily basis and having the humility to admit, “I don’t have it all figured out, in fact, I don’t very much of it figured out at all. But I’m going to start by chasing after what’s on my heart and not worrying about what people might think.” So I ripped off the bandaid that was my safe and secure job, the illusion of control. Yes, I’m moving home first, and I’m ok with that. Family is so important to me and I’m going to start this new adventure by not missing out on all of my 15-year-old brother and 18-year-old sister’s high school years.

This post is dedicated to dreamers and to everyone who is pursuing their passion. You inspire me.