I looked into the smiles of the crowd, the dancing arms and carefree yes, and realised we were all feeling something of our own. With the shared heart of others, I can travel vertically through time and horizontally through space.
I long to make connections and there are no boundaries that limit how this can be done, not even time and not even space.
In college, where everyone works on discovering "who they are" or what their place is in the world, I know I can provide not only diversity of thought, but can educate people through my own stories on how crucial it is to maintain an open-minded ideology towards the world and an individual's power to change it.
On one hot night in a dark room at the heart of Boston, I became friends with 19,580 people in one single moment.
We had all journeyed to the TD Garden from wherever we were in our lives to see Tom Petty perform.
I knew his music because my mother had shared it with me.When I was hurled into Texas, I was miserable when I didn't express myself within the Kinkaid-bubble.However, I quickly began to realize that I didn't have to like Ed Sheeran or keep my shoes M7652-000 to enjoy life.I never knew that Mormons couldn't drink coffee or that Romanians gut an entire pig to feast on for all of winter.Their philosophies, although often dissonating from my own, taught me that it's often beneficial to disagree.Sandalwood, my friends and I call it--a late-night, post-fast food, teen-angst polluted lake.Sandalwood is the cosmos and the meaning of God and the Sisyphus-like emotions that we discuss there.But as various conflicting influences crept into my life--Liberal vs. I needed to appreciate Houston's voice and learn from its stories as much as it needed to hear mine, and my shoes grew dirtier every day as each person's testimony helped solidify and expand my own.As I walk, one can first make out "Cheyenne yo yo" engulfing the right inner canvas, weaving through clasps and eventually boarding "PORTLAND!!!" I met Cheyenne through Freshman year volleyball and we were friends because I tried; I borrowed cowboy boots for football games, didn't discuss my quirky music, and washed my shoes.As I grew, however, it was our differences that brought us together.