It was another summer holiday and after a year of studies it was what all of us, students, looked for. Personally I had more to look forward to, than just the holiday. I was the winner of a fully paid trip to the southern coast. Everyone envied me and wished they would be in my shoes for a moment. But as for me, it was a different case. Unlike the excitement and joy that people celebrated for my win, I really regretted for participating in the competition, because I had a problem with the prize. My course instructor was excited very much, since he was to accompany me for the trip. I knew he was particularly eyeing the huge sum of money that would be allocated to us on the day of the trip start.
Word went round the school and the neighborhood about my achievement. I approached the school authorities and expressed my desire not to take up the trip. They argued that it will be an insult to their sponsors and that I had to go regardless of the situation. Personally I did not want anything to do with water. I was water phobic. I had attended psychiatric lesson to try and end my fear for water. Everyone talked of how fun a holiday at the coast will be, but the single thought of having water around me freaked me out. I came to learn that we had been booked a hotel suit on one of the islands. This was getting even worse.
Every person has a need to have some secrecy in their lives, once in a while. People have their secret places, where they go to when they want to stay alone for some time. I am not in any way different from such people, as I also have my secret place where I go to when I need to have some privacy.
My place is arboretum, where I can escape from the everyday mess and can think rationally or do some meditation. The arboretum is located about five miles in the outskirts of my city, and it has lush green fauna and lots of different flowers and trees. The garden has bright green grass, which is perfectly cut and there are fountains where birds flock into to drink water.
I have lived in Arizona for the most significant part of my life. It is hot, sunny, beautiful, lively and very different from other parts of the world. Although I have travelled to other American states, such as Illinois, New York and Washington, the most outstanding one is my visit to the most beautiful place on earth: cool, green, luxuriant and pristine Amazon Basin. One of the most interesting features of travelling is that every new place is unique, beautiful and always has breathtaking sceneries.
From the international airport in Lima, Peru’s capital, I visited the Tagaeri people, who have never contacted with modern civilization. The forests there are dense and thick. Wild monkeys, squirrels jump everywhere. Big and small, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes slither through the dense forests. Giant alligators swim slowly around the clean and clear waters of Amazon, unaware of the lurking civilization that has pushed every being in the modern world to sheer loneliness and emptiness. In the truest words, nature is beautiful, though imperfect.
There are people who are color blind and do not recognize some colors, while there are others who can see and comprehend all of them. But I have always wondered how it would feel if I could only see one color.
When seeing only one color, I would not be able to enjoy the colorful flowers in the gardens and I would not also be able to watch movies with the same pleasure as I can now, as well as the color of the wonderful sight when the sun sets will not please me.
I am a nice human being with beautiful dreams, high expectations about myself and plenty of aspirations. There is only one thing, that bothers me a lot and doesn’t allow to achieve my goals – procrastination. Each day I make detailed plans for the next day. When the day comes, I keep postponing my appointments again and again and at the end of the day I see that I haven’t done enough.
Time passes faster than I can imagine, and there is little to show for it. If there is one thing I could change about me, its procrastination. I am so good at it that if there would be some kind of award for procrastination, like the coveted world cup football trophy, I would be a champion! I am always in a mad rush to complete tasks and assignments just a few minutes before the deadline.