Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Experience 2

Last night I went to see "Up" with my nieces, nephews, mom and sister. If you haven't seen it, I won't spoil it but I highly suggest you see it. As I was talking with my mom afterwards about it, it helped me realize that there is more to experiences than just enjoying the experience alone. We also need to enjoy the journey on our way to the actual "event", if there is one. Let us not let our lives just past before us, but live them and enjoy them as they go, because before you know it they'll be over. Live it up!

Friday, June 5, 2009


Well, one last blog from my home of 4.5 years, Provo, UT. It has been a fun stay and I will be sad to be going, but excited to be moving to a new adventure in Wichita, KS! Anyway, now to what I am actually writing this blog about. In the past two weeks or so, I have gone camping 3 times. This seems like a lot, but it's really just making up for lost time. I sometimes think of all the opportunities I have had to go camping, but didn't take advantage, so I tried to make up for them. The hiking and adventures were fun too. I was privileged to wander around Goblin Valley, hike to a glacier and explore some cool caves at Great Basin National Park and finally reached the summit of Spanish Fork Peak. I also had the great opportunity to attend the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open House, which was amazing! These were all great experiences, which I am glad I was able to do.

The reason I bring this up is that a few months back I finally realized one of the things that makes life great. This would be experiences, if it wasn't already obvious. I guess I really began to think of this when my brother-in-law mentioned how he was willing to pay lots of money to see U2. Then I started to make more decisions to have fun experiences, which are unforgettable and can't be replaced. Plus, you will always have those memories and don't forget to take pictures, so you will be better able to remember them!

So, now I am working on having great and fun experiences in my life. I drove to Boise in April with friends just to see Death Cab for Cutie, then drove back the next day. I am driving to Dallas (from Wichita) in the fall to see BYU play Oklahoma. It really amazes me that I didn't realize or at least recognize it earlier in life, but all life is is experiences. We must also remember to be the ones acting and creating, not being acted upon. I guess the key is to remember and cherish the good ones, and learn from the not so good ones. Life is a great experience and we won't get to repeat it, so when great opportunities present themselves to you, don't think twice, but take advantage! Life is meant to be lived!