Welcome to Chicago, Illinois.
I fell in love on the bank of the south-western tip of Lake Michigan, cradled by water-breaks on either side of me, in love with the city and with the person that persuaded me to go to the city in the first place. It was then, on the second day of April of the year nine and two thousand, that I can trace back to as being the most important, the most life changing, exciting day of my seventeen years of life as of yet. Because prior to that day I was living but I was not yet alive. I have heard it said before that the best way to recognize what is right in front of you is to take a step back. This is what happened in Chicago.
It was a sweater day at the exit of March when our train arrived, warmer than home in Manitoba but still crisp as spring can be. My fellow youth, our sponsors, and the rest of the passengers departed the train onto the station platform with a lack of grace that can only be the result of twenty-one hours in the cramped confines of a passenger car. The weather outside looked threatening and though we had to travel several blocks to reach the hostel we were planning on staying at, we dared to outrace the elements on foot. Now that may have been a poor decision because, after two blocks of exploring the unknown streets of the city, the rain began. T...
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...hed the topic about the possibility of us having a relationship together we looked at each other and we knew that it felt right. This particular story always raises the question of whether we kissed that night and the answer is no, we did not. That’s another story entirely. Chicago changed my life in many ways, I discovered that I care about other human beings even when I may not necessarily know them, I found out that I enjoy learning about other cultures and I now am dating my best friend and regardless of whether I end up spending the rest of my life with her or not, she has made me a better person. I’ve learned many things about myself in the time I’ve been alive but never so much as when I had the opportunity to visit Chicago. As I write this on a sweater day in October, I realize that it’s been half a year since I visited the shores of Lake Michigan and I smile.
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