Merriam-Webster says that a vacation is a period of time spent away from work in order to rest or travel, but my vacation was much more than that. My time spent in Nashville, Tennessee, blended together family, fear, and future into a two-week adventure.
I’m from Iowa, a state that others tend to ignore, where cornfields are more common to see than houses, and where farmers are too busy harvesting to take a vacation. Iowa was stifling, and I felt trapped. I needed to leave in order to better understand me my ambitions.