Everyone these days has a ‘bucket list’, don’t they? Those ever growing lists of things that people hope to do before they kick the proverbial bucket. Everything from climbing Mount Everest to learning to play the harp, we all have a unique set of skills and experiences we hope we get a chance at in our lives. Something that I hear more often than anything else though? Travel. I think everyone has wanderlust to some degree or another, myself included.
I would love to see the whole world, of course, from east to west, but that’s a goal that will certainly take my whole life to achieve. More immediately, I’d love to visit every state in the USA. We have a beautiful, diverse, amazing country, and every state has something unique to offer those who visit it. And if nothing else, I’m going to have mementos from all 50 states at some point.
Visiting different states can be like visiting a different country. They all have their own slang, their own claims to fame, their own exports, everything. And the touristy souvenirs that each state sells often represent those most recognizable aspects of their state. I personally go for the state shape lapel pins, because they’re all unique, but when I put the ones I’ve collected together, they form what equates to my list of “already visited” states. It’s a living tally of where I’ve been, and the gaps, those are the places yet to go, the lapel pins yet to find. I look at my collection sometimes and think of it like a scavenger hunt. And it’s just a matter of time before my cork board has a complete map of the United States on it, from lapel to shining lapel.