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Chicago – Life is Good

August 15, 2016

I’m not sure why it takes travel to remind me that “life is good.” Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m fortunate enough totravel. Maybe it’s the opportunities to meet new people, see new places, enjoy new experiences even in cities to which I’ve already visited. It’s likely all the above, but regardless of the various factors, as I wrap another quick trip to Chicago … Life. Is. Good.

For my birthday this year, I booked a series of short weekend trips to three various cities. I have a longer 10-day trip to Scotland also planned, but I needed a break and soccer will always provide motivation. For a very reasonable price, I was able to book two nights with roundtrip airfare to the Windy City with opportunities to attend an Orlando City soccer game, a Cubs v. Cardinals game, and see The Book of Mormon on Broadway of Chicago.

As I sit in the airport waiting for my delayed flight, I can’t help but recall the amazing, albeit short, trip I’ve had this weekend. From the great weather, friendly people, new friends (yep, that always happens) and the awesome food both new and traditional. I’m happy.

There have been a lot of changes in my life over the past year. I never thought I’d be in the professional situations I’ve had in the past six months. I’ve experienced more in my personal life than I also thought possible, and for the first time ever, I feel secure in what has been afforded me. However cliché it may sound, I do feel blessed to know that I can enjoy these weekends, almost worry free.

The sports were awesome. I met new people, hung out with a few soccer players, had a chance to experience the self-proclaimed largest outdoor block party in the Midwest, and ate my weight in Chicago favorites.

It’s these small trips that remind me that life is good. When I’m upset, angry, depressed, feeling alone or lost, it’s these moments that keep me in check and help to keep me grounded that it could be A LOT worse in so many ways. I may want things to be different in other aspects of my life. I am only human, but at least I can take a few moments of solace and happiness and remember that it always works out well. I just have to remember I can’t control everything and that life will find the way.

Okay, this is likely the most cliché ridden post I’ve ever made, but it feels true and accurate. Life is good.

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