Every summer I visit family in Seattle. The weather is always a million degrees cooler than Houston, TX, where I live. I love the change in scenery and lifestyle. Since I live in the suburbs, I am unacquainted with the hustle and bustle of city life. There are so many activities to do outdoors in Seattle during the summer. Hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, and the list goes on. I love rekindling with my family and hearing how everyone’s lives have changed since the past summer. I also always enjoy the immersion into such a unique cultural experience at tourist spots such as Pikes Place. Food inspired from around the world includes French, Polish, and Chinese cuisine. There is a little something for everyone, especially for coffee lovers. I have to be honest, I did not wait in line at the first Starbucks on my last visit. The store serves and looks the same as any other normal Starbucks these days. My favorite part are the samples the vendors hand out. Fresh fruit including “Oh My God” peaches and candy-like Rainer cherries are some of my favorites to taste test.
This year my family decided to venture out and visit a new tourist attraction. We pondered over the different options and agreed upon a newer museum located by the Space Needle. My Seattle native cousin and aunt had never visited the museum either, so the experience would be a surprise for everyone. I was a little hesitant about the day’s plans because museums sometimes tend to lean on the boring side. Be quiet, observe, and read. Nothing about that list of actions excited me one bit, but I did not want to impose any of my negative opinions. No one ever likes a Negative Nelly. Am I right? My mom, dad, aunt, cousin, and I piled into the car and set off to downtown Seattle. Once I stepped into the first exhibition room I was astounded by what I saw. I think my jaw may have actually dropped. The museum was created by an artist named Dale Chihuly. One word to describe him: astounding. The glass work he created was marvelous, colorful, and unlike anything I had seen before. Each room we traveled into had a theme. My cousin could have almost passed off as an exhibit tour guide as she had done a research paper about the artist in one of her college classes. The art sculptures were interesting and one of a kind. Dale Chihuly said, “I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced,” and I cannot think of any better way to describe how I felt at that moment.
As I was moving through the museum, it made me think-I hope I can be this passionate about my future career. Someday, I desire to love every second of where and what I do for work. Every person is special in their own way, and it was amazing to see another person as talented as Chihuly. Most importantly from my experience, I learned that I want to leave my unique mark on the world. Hopefully I can touch other people with my kind, positive spirit.
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