“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
“Lincoln Memorial is one mile away…. And you need to comeback in one hour do you really think you can make it?,” my counselor asked skeptically and disapprovingly. On the fourth of July, 2010 as my friends and I were just embarking on adventurous and exhilarating activities, we were starting to feel the time pressure of only having one hour to go to the Lincoln Memorial. Wondering heads moved relentlessly from side to side insecurely relying on their friend’s approval, perhaps, deciding whether visiting the Lincoln Memorial was worth enduring the boisterous crowd, the sweltering heat and the congested crosswalk. The abhorrent plastic water bottles were scattered throughout the crosswalk and people were rambling from one place to another, which all proved to be unsettlingly to some of my friends as they were hesitant to venture on such trip. Only half of the group went on the visit to the Lincoln Memorial. A large portion of our sightseeing was spent in the crosswalk constantly and enthusiastically pointing to the Washington Monument, and to the flamboyant and serene parks. Our eyes were deeply shining and our smiles swiftly stretched across our faces as we saw each landmark. But, deeply in our hearts we truly yearned for the Lincoln Memorial.
Frustrated with the knowledge that we would have to wait and get our bags check by security guards, made my heart tingle with anticipation. The presence of mosquitoes and cracked pavements was incomparable to the challenges, criticisms, and danger that Abraham Lincoln endured during his political career. These simple difficulties that we faced to reach the memorial helped my friends and I realize that it was his determination that got him to reach his goals. This journey was genuinely and simply adventures to learn, appreciate, and embrace Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and character. His great determination, vigorous mindset, and his unwavering commitment for the future was what he really wanted his visitors to acquire. His desire to fix the broken country and the work that it took unite it, seemed to be reflected in the strenuous steps we scaled to share as a group a part of America’s rich and vivid history.
The hustling, bustling and every ounce of sweat dripping from our skin proved to be worthwhile as we got a closer glimpse of what appeared to be a Greek Temple with thirty six flute Doric columns that featured Yule marble. Sighs of relief and happiness were exhaled as we all had the opportunity to stand near Abraham Lincoln. Snap, snap, the camera flashed as we all enthusiastically huddled to take a picture of this breath-taking moment. Truly it was an adventure comparable to the exhilarating show “Survivor”, and although we had to sacrifice a good lunch, we gained an invaluable sense of accomplishment. Visiting the Lincoln Memorial was a great experience, and I learned firsthand that the adventure was as much as about the journey as it was the destination.
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