I spent one of my last nights living in D.C. walking around the countless monuments and memorials that surround the epicenter of the city- the National Mall. It was the one thing I had always wanted to do that was still waiting to be checked off my list. I was told it was beautiful, and the word of mouth proved true. Walking around capturing the glowing white images of the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, I could only think that this was a perfect way to say goodbye to D.C. Revisiting the places I came to when I first stepped foot in Washington last December, clueless of what the new year would bring me.
When I first stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial, I had never been to D.C. before. I had never thought about living here, but there I stood, hoping I would find a job so I could embark on my mission to save the planet. I had no clue that a crazy, inspiring whirlwind of working for change would take place over the next year and a half, or that I’d participate in events that I never fathomed I’d find myself in.
At that time I didn’t know that I would soon find myself in probably the only place in the country that I needed to be at that moment; a place where I could continue to grow and learn and be exposed to as much as I had been while traveling. I was clueless that I would soon walk down the streets of my neighborhood, soaking in every row house, every tree, every street lamp, every person I passed –because it’d been so long since I felt so at home. I didn’t yet know that I would continually be blown away by the people I met, the similarities we shared, the small world that D.C. was, the connections and community we created, and the uniqueness of this special place. Little did I know I would fall in love with where I lived and the people I would soon call my dear friends.
So when I stood there Saturday night by the Reflection Pool, scaring baby ducks into the water (by accident!), I couldn’t help but smile on all of the things D.C. brought to me in that gap between my last visit to this spot. Now I knew I could check this night time monument tour off of my list, along with everything else I accomplished and experienced here.
Thank you D.C. , thank you my DC lovesss — Ciao.