I love airports. I love watching the big hugs, the hellos and goodbyes. I love the way a person’s eyes light up when they are reconnected with someone they love, or are boarding a plane for their next adventure. I’m writing this blog sitting on the plane, staring out my window saying goodbye to my own adventure in Edmonton.
When did you last do something for the first time? Three weeks ago I left Ontario and arrived in Edmonton to start my MA in Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta. I spent my first week getting to know the other students, exploring the city and trying to absorb as much information as possible.
What I quickly realized was how much I missed the unfamiliar – I love meeting new people, exploring new cities and spending time with myself to do the things I really want to do. Truthfully, I also realized how scary it is to be alone. Fortunately, I made some amazing new friends in Edmonton, people I will probably have in my life for many years to come. Taking this program at the university has re-opened my mind to different ways of looking at technology and communication in its various forms. It’s awesome to study with people who have very different backgrounds and views, but also share a common interest in the field.
The biggest takeaway from the last three weeks is that people and experiences take priority over anything else. I will never look back on the hours I have worked or the adventures I have missed, and reflect on how fun it was. I will only be happy knowing I spent my time with the people I love and many adventures and stories to share. So, I guess the true reason I love airports is because it’s the answer to ‘when did you last do something for the first time?’ It’s always the start of something new, an adventure.
Thanks, Edmonton – see you next year!
“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.”