Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Las Vegas... A Metaphor for Life
This past weekend I took a trip to Las Vegas. It was my 11th trip to Sin City, 10th since I have been 21.
When I was younger I loved going to Vegas. It was the ultimate party, an unlimited supply of indulgences, laughs, and experiences. I had some amazing times with some really amazing people.
The last few times I have gone, I have not had as much fun, I have found myself feeling, "stuck," and out of place in Vegas. I could not figure it out, why was I no longer enjoying an experience which I once loved?
This trip I had the revelation I had been looking for. I realized that I had transitioned to a new phase in my "Vegas" life, one that no longer was fulfilled the same way it was when I was in my early 20's.
Having this insight was so freeing, so liberating, because it gave me the opportunity to find new fun and new joy in Vegas in ways I did not once think possible.
Vegas used to be the Ultimate Party. This trip was very relaxing. Vegas used to be about staying up until the sun came up, this trip I went to bed early and got up to enjoy the sunrise. Vegas used to be about excessive drinking and partying, this trip was about finding the most over the top food experiences and giddily sharing them with all of you on Instagram, Facebook and now on here.
There are still some familiarities from past Vegas trips. I still enjoy gambling, but I find myself playing poker, which I love, the occasional penny slot, and the most recent addition BINGO! hahaha
In addition I still love going to a buffet, and still love marveling at the immense bathrooms that are found in Las Vegas hotel rooms (why does one need such a large bathroom?).
One thing that I am most happy that has remained constant with my Vegas experience is that it is still about sharing experiences and making memories with special people. Having the opportunity to share Vegas fun with good friends is really what makes me look forward to the next time I can go back.
As in life, we move through different stages, things that were once so important to us no longer are, things that we never thought we would enjoy (BINGO) now become one of the highlights of the day. What is important is that we take a moment to take notice that things are changing and rather than fear, or turn away from the change, we embrace and look for the opportunity to find new love, new joy, new passion, new excitement, and new fulfillment in the change.
We cannot go back, we can only try to hold onto what has passed (and thus miss out on the present,) or we can charge forward into the future with open arms and excitement for what is in store for us.
For the first time in a long time, if not ever, when I left Las Vegas, I left looking forward to and excited for the next visit. Stay tuned...
Enjoy the pics,
Will be included on the next trip! :)
Will definitely be riding this on the next trip. :)
My $8.75 win on the Penny Slots hahaha
Doughnuts, steak, bacon, and biscuits and gravy for breakfast! Only in Vegas.
BUMBLEBEE... In case you were wondering yes I love Transformers!
Two of my childhood heroes: She-Ra and Optimus Prime. An honor to be photographed with them :)
Taking down my burger at the Heart Attack Grill... easily one of the coolest dining experiences ever.
Cookie Sundae from Serendipity... We will meet again you delicious little treat you!
24 Layer chocolate cake from a restaurant inside of Planet Hollywood
Calculating my approach
Getting ready for sunset