Opportunity of a Lifetime

This is a narrative essay I wrote about the process of going on a dream vacation… please enjoy!

 

Opportunity Of a Lifetime

Have you ever had the opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime handed to you on a silver platter, with absolutely no time to prepare? I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to travel to Europe with my best friend, but I was only given a mere nine days to have everything completely ready. Planning a two week trip to a foreign country can be extremely stressful and it can take months to prepare and have everything accounted for. Having only a few days to get everything ready, the stress was multiplied by a ton.  

One of the hardest things to have to hear is that you might not be able to go on a trip you have dreamed of since you were a little kid. You can feel your heart slowly break into pieces when you hear the words “there just isn’t enough time”. However, this is also one the most challenging phrases you can hear. Of course, my spirit fell when my parents told me there was no way I could go on this trip, but I knew I could somehow make time to have everything work out the way I wanted it to.

Being on the phone with an operating system is probably one of the most frustrating things I have ever done. Passports, apparently, usually take a few months to process and make. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a few months to wait for a passport. In order to make this amazing trip become reality, I had to be on the phone with an operating system for hours in order to book an appointment for a passport to be created in one day. This is not an easy process, and there was no guarantee that any travel agency would make me a passport in the same day. I had to do loads of research to find a travel agency that was near where I lived and had available appointments within the time frame I needed. In the process of doing so, I found a travel agency two hours away from my house, which offered same-day passport creation and had an appointment open before my deadline. I was beyond ecstatic when my mind had finally processed the fact that I had a good chance of going to Europe for two weeks with my best friend.

One of the next challenges I faced was countless, agonizing hours of doing chores and being a “perfect angel” around the house in order to convince my parents to pay for this extraordinary trip. It was tiresome, and countless times I wanted to give up. However, whenever I thought of how incredible this trip was going to be, I pushed myself to do the dishes one more time. And once these obstacles had been conquered, the process became easier and easier. Knowing I had my passport taken care of and my parents convinced, everything else, like packing, went by quickly and painlessly. Before I knew it, I was leaving for the airport, with my passport and suitcases in hand.

The rush of taking off in an airplane with the idea that you will land in a country that you’ve never experienced before is something that cannot be compared to anything else. Packing all of your favorite clothes, driving to the airport, going through the security, boarding the plane, finally feeling the engines blast and the plane speeding off into the sky is an experience that will live with me forever. Traveling can be one of the most exciting, yet scary experiences that will ever occur in your lifetime. You have no idea what the unfamiliar country will be like, but being on your way to new places with nothing stopping you is exhilarating. I sat patiently on the 8-hour plane ride, too excited to sleep. There were thousands of thoughts running through my head and my heart was beating a mile a minute. Being in a different country is something I thought I would never get to encounter until I was much older, but having the independence to travel across the world with my best friend in order to do something I love, made me feel like nothing could stop me from living my dream, whether it be time or money. Nothing could ever compare to this incredible journey that I had the opportunity to experience.

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