One month ago I was given the opportunity I have not had in seventeen year, visit my home province of Alberta. During these years though my family has travelled back and forth to visit. While I did have some feelings of envy during these times, it was simply unrealistic until now for me to fly there for multiple reasons.
However, thanks to my new found independence I took it upon myself to organize a trip to get out there once again. What I discovered during this trip is that my feelings of nostalgia for the region were way stronger than I ever expected. The moment my plane landed in Calgary I found myself filled with tingles of excitement. Over the course of the trip there were two things in particular that stuck out to me. First, my fond memories of being around aunts, uncles and cousins. And second how amazing it is to be able to be surrounded by such natural beasts that we fondly refer to as the Rocky Mountains.
As I write this I can remember how being back in the house of my aunt and uncle brought back so many fond memories of my childhood. For instance having the children of my cousin running around the house chaotically reminded me of when it was me doing the yelling and screaming. This time though I was seated at the adult table which at first I must admit felt as though it had to be a mistake!
Later on during this trip I took a day trip to the heart of the Rockies in Banff. As I approached them my skin began to tingle with excitement. After living in Ontario for so long and around its geography you really forget how remarkable they are. Memories of driving towards them every weekend for skiing with my family brought back so much positive energy.
This is exactly what inspired me to write this entry. I felt so lucky to be back in those surroundings that it reminded me of why I love history in the first place. I love history because I always enjoy looking back on my own personal history and learning how I got to where I am today. I may not have realized that I want to study history when I first entered university but this trip confirmed to me that I am on the correct path and I am looking forward to this next stage of my life.