It Starts Here - My Family Travels

 In November of 2008, I experienced the most incredible week of my entire life. I had packed myself a bag, with a pillow and blanket in hand, and set out for a weeklong road trip with five friends from Minnesota. I knew beforehand that living in a dirty, smelly van with six guys in a band for a week was going to be quite interesting, but I had no idea that it would turn out to be the best time of my life. Never in a million years did I expect my life to change the way that it did. In a week of visiting multiple cities and meeting some of the most incredible people the world has to offer, I realized just how important it is to live your life. I know now that I only have one life to live and that I should experience as much as I can while I have the chance. 

While on the road, I wrote a tour diary detailing where I was going and all that occurred each day. If I had could write more than 600 words in this essay, I would honestly just copy and paste my tour diary for all to read, because I believe it is important to understanding just what happened in that week. However, because there is a limit, everyone will just have to create his or her own vision. Just keep in mind the places I visited: Montclair, NJ, Sidney, OH, Westland, MI, Anderson, IN, and Louisville, KY. I think my favorite part of that week was sneaking onto the grounds of Waverly Sanitarium, which is supposedly haunted, with Venia and Ambush (the band I was with and another band on the tour).

It is so crazy the bond that is created between people who live in such close quarters. When you are on the road for hours at a time, there is nothing more to do than talk and develop this special intimacy where it is possible to tell each other anything. I have never felt so loved, wanted, and understood in my life, and honestly, those six boys are more of a family to me than my real family. There will never be a day where I don’t wish I could be on the road with Venia. I have such an appreciation for those six boys and such a love for the road that I can do nothing but be eternally grateful for what I have experienced. The memories that were created will never leave me and neither will the love I share with that band.

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