The Summer That Changed My Life | My Family Travels

There are times in life when the simplest things can make a significant impact on you. A situation like this happened to me this past week when I was on vacation with my girlfriend and her family in North Carolina. Up to this point, I had never gone on vacation, because my family was not necessarily what you could call close. However, this summer was a different story for me.

My girlfriend happily invited me to come along with her to the sandy beaches of Topsail Island. I never could have imagined the things I would realize about my life during this trip. For the duration of our trip, I had countless deeply personal conversations with my girlfriend on the beach about many important factors in both of our lives. We talked about our pasts, what hurt us, as well as where we want to be in the future.

Among all of those conversations the subject of marriage and spending the future together came up. It was at that point that I realized how much I really do love her and how important our future together is to me. I tend to be a very deep person, so throughout these conversations I was making metaphorical connections between what I was seeing and what was being discussed. The one major parallel that I discovered to that love is like the ocean.

I came to this connection because, like the ocean, there are unknown things all around you that you might crash into without notice such as storms and malfunctions, but when it comes down to it, there is no end in sight. Love is as endless as the ocean, even though there is a definite end at the other side which could be death or something along those lines. It is also restless and moves constantly no matter how badly someone tries to control it and contain it. As you can see, the conversations that I was able to have on our vacation opened my eyes so much to how true and pure love can be.

I realized so much about myself and my relationships by being able to escape from the hassles of everyday life. This vacation allowed my mind to take a break and to concentrate on the emotional aspect of my life. It let my heart, mind, and emotions grow and blossom to a fuller potential. I never would have realized all of the feelings that I have for my girlfriend or that I was capable of expressing them had I not been invited on such an amazing trip.

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