What The Mountains Have Given Me

I would just like to say, thank you.

We were just a couple of kids with a spur-of-the-moment dream. We were young, bored, and craving adventure. We didn’t care about planning, we just cared about doing. A young couple fleeing the Midwest for the mountains. Two years later, here we are. Two years later, completely different souls.

I wasn’t quite sure what would happen when we moved to Colorado. I knew it would be different and I knew we would be all alone. At that age, I believe there was just so much excitement I didn’t have time to be nervous about what we were about to endure. Looking back at these last couple of years gives me an emotional, but heartening, feeling. We are completely different people, in such a positive way.

What have the mountains given me? Confidence. Humbleness. An open mind. Inner happiness. Spontaneity. Adventure. Creativity. Balance. Mindfulness. A little bit of rebellion. The list could go on and on. I had to learn how to be on my own, figuring out life’s decisions without a reassuring voice behind me to help. There have been moments of complete, care-free bliss and moments of desperation and hopelessness. I was lost without a voice in Iowa and here I was able to find myself. Here, I was able to find a voice, create my own blog, and eventually capture the opportunity to write for a growing online journal. Colorado has fueled my relationship with Kolin to a new level. Our love for each other is a deep, soulful connection as we experience the hardships and adventure of life. I’ve been a cashier at a grocery store, a budtender selling weed, and a sitter watching over dogs. This may not have been the most ‘adult’ or ‘normal’ experience, but I believe it’s been the most life-changing and beneficial.

The real question is, what haven’t the mountains given me? We ran to Colorado for one sole purpose – to broaden our minds, to find ourselves. And that’s exactly what we did. Maybe you don’t need to run off to Colorado specifically, but I do believe all young adults need to run off somewhere. I hope that every young adult can have the chance to just leave, to escape their home for a little while to be out in the unfamiliar. This state will forever leave a mark in my heart and I wouldn’t be who I am without the help of the mountains. The souls I  have had the pleasure to cross paths with have each had their unique impact on my spiritual growth. There must be something about the mountains, where people are just on a different page here. It’s not about the 9-5, it’s not about the beaten path of life that we feel pressured to take. It’s about understanding everyone deserves to be treated like they’re a human with feelings, utilizing what Nature has to offer, without hurting her, and realizing that you should follow your heart more than your head.

I will forever be thankful for this experience, it wasn’t all butterflies and rainbows but that’s what makes this experience essential. The hardships have taught me more than the days when everything went perfect. My love for travel has only grown and my confidence from being out on my own will do nothing but help me pursue bigger dreams.

So, I would just like to say thank you, Mountains. Thank you for evolving me into the person I’ve always been trying to find.

until next time,

• morgan


5 thoughts on “What The Mountains Have Given Me

  1. Tim Shickell says:

    Well written Morgs! You 2 had the guts to do what 95% wish we could ‘ ve at 18 or 19. My family spent a lot of vacation time in Colorado and New Mexico and those times still sit well with me, so I know what you are feeling. I’m glad you did it but I am glad you are moving closer. Love you.


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