It's been 5 months since our return to our home in Georgia, and I wanted to write a blog post on the importance of the trip, and what it meant to me (Will).
First of all, it was truly a great trip. I won't lie, I was pretty unhappy at the beginning of the trip about the entire idea. However, looking back at what I learned and what I was able to accomplish, I have a very different outlook on the idea now. It fueled my passion for filmmaking, which is now becoming a large part of my life. I wouldn't have had nearly as much progression with my filming at home than I did on the trip, and I am excited about continuing to get better.
Secondly, the experiences that we had on the trip were fantastic. From a treacherous Jeep ride, to climbing a snowy mountain, I have memories now that will stick in my head for the rest of my life. I never would have dreamed that you could have that many great experiences in just one year.
Lastly, I look at the United States in a totally different way now. It wasn't long ago that the country seemed so big compared to me (and physically speaking it is!), but I was able to realize that community doesn't mean the people who live near you. It means people coming around other people and helping them, and communing with them.
I really enjoyed all of the trip, and continue to look back at it fondly. Thank you all for your support, and happy holidays!
Will is 15, and enjoys running track, writing,