25 August 2013

I want to live a life from a new perspective

Today's title comes from "New Perspective by Panic! at the disco. Which I just happened to see be preformed live last night. 

But I will tell you about that in just a second here. So much has happened in such a short period of time and I feel the need to tell you so much about it! 

In a small piece of news, I recently went to a Mormons Building Bridges meeting at the Salt Lake City Library, and it was really fantastic. It is nice to occasionally be reminded  that I'm not entirely crazy for being an active member of the LDS church and being openly gay. Also, it was so incredibly beautiful that night, and the library just look fantastic. There was also a small concert going on at the amphitheater that was pretty good.

But holy moley.... here is the big kicker. 

I've moved out! This was the last picture I took of my near empty room. I think all that I left in there was my bookshelf, my desk and my bed. Almost everything else I brought with me to college. This is rather a pinnacle of sorts. Or maybe more of a passage.  Probably the latter. Anyway, I packed up all of my stuff and my family and I drove down to Salt Lake City, up to the University of Utah and helped move me into my dorm. 

And here it is! I am all set up, and classes start tomorrow. I really enjoy my new room and it seems pretty natural to refer to it as my home. Although I am stumbling a bit as how to refer to my old house in Centerville. But I'm already having lots of fun meeting new people and old friends, and going out and about in Salt Lake.

This right here is the Legacy Bridge which connects upper campus to lower campus. My poor phone's camera cannot even do the view justice. The entire valley just glitters in the summer heat, and it is such an amazing sight. And pardon my finger which was attempting to block a bright street light that was ruining the picture. I am so excited to be here on campus. I'm sure I come off as a bit of a stereotypical excited freshman, but heck, I suppose it is the only time I'll really get to do this.

So onto even more exciting events! Yesterday I went to downtown with my friend Chloe to (pardon the crude name) The Big Ass Show. It was so incredibly fantastic, more than I possibly can say. The BASh works by having 11 different bands play over a 7 hour period on two different stages. A new show started every 35 minutes, and they alternated between stages. The bands got better and better with names like Capital Cities, Blue October and finally Panic! At The Disco. 

This was Capitol Cities. The amazing thing about this part of the show was that right before their song "Safe and Sound" it started raining. It was incredible. It was seriously one of the best feelings ever just dancing to this song in the pouring rain with thousands of other people in the middle of the city.

Of course making friends with random people in the crowd was a must when waiting an hour for Panic! At the Disco to come on. It was so packed and so incredibly fun. There was a fair amount of moshing and crowd surfing, and it was awesome. 

Finally, Panic! came on.

They were incredible, and the energy was phenomenal and all things awesome and great. I had such a fantastic time.

I'm not sure when the next time I'll post will be. If my habits during my freshman year of college are anything like mine during senior year of high school, I have a feeling that I'll find myself more busy that not and the frequency of my blog posts will decrease. Hopefully I'll have more time like I do now on Sunday mornings before church to blog and what not. 

Anyway, I love you all so very much, and I hope you all have great adventures in life!

A. Browne Sebright

12 August 2013

The Same View Over Again

I feel like I have spent much of my summer blog posts concerning my love of the beautiful state of Utah. 

But gosh dang it, I really think Utah is stunningly beautiful! Anyway, last week Aerielle and I decided to hike up Bell Canyon, because neither of us had been there before and google said good things about it.

This was the view after the first 1/2 mile in. BEAUTIFUL.
The weather was absolutely perfect that day. The views were immaculate. The sky was clear and everything was perfect in the world.

The views just kept getting better and better. At this point I felt like I should be singing, "The hills are aliiiiiveeeee with the sound of muuusiiiccccc." Overall, the trail wasn't too bad. There were several steeper rocky sections, but they were towards the very beginning and very end.

Being a canyon, naturally a creek ran through it. The water was crystal clear and freezing cold. It was seriously so beautiful. If it hadn't cooled down to the mid to upper 80's, I would have maybe jumped in that pool.

This was the view of the mountains you could pretty much see the entire way up. Beautiful.

Getting closer to the top, we passed a large boulder that you could stand on. When I climbed it and look at the view you see above, I said to Aerielle, "WOW! This is so beautiful!" She responded, "What is it?" And I answered, "Oh, I mean it is the same view of the valley that you see from every canyon, but it is still amazing."

This is me on said boulder. 

Aerielle, looking fantastic and adorable as always. In her not so appropriate hiking attire.

Aerielle started to feel a little sick and we were thinking about turning around, but I pressed her just to go a little farther. And boy was that little extra worth it.

The waterfalls were stunning. Beautiful and impressive and all things awesome.

And so were the mountain views right next to it! I wish I could show you how this looked in person. I ended up taking a panorama on my phone including the water fall, cliff face and valley view, but it just doesn't have the same feel. You are just completely surrounded by beauty. 

Aerielle looking out of the valley.
It was a fantastic hike. Utah is gosh dang beautiful. If you don't live here, I guess that is cool and everything, but these mountains just never cease to impress me.

I love you all very much!

A. Browne Sebright

10 August 2013

Since when did being an extrovert become so important?

I meant to write this blog post a week ago. And I really have no excuse as to why I never got around to actually writing it out. Also of note, none of the pictures relate to any of the written contend-- I just felt like throwing in some pictures of my recent trips to downtown SLC and trips to Provo for USGA.

City Creek Canyon and the steps to Capitol Hill
This summer has been a tiny bit of a snag for me. A few months ago after I had received my college acceptance and rejection letters I knew what I was doing. I was going to New York City and my summer would be spent saving up money and getting mentally prepared to live in America's largest city. Well a month later, that went down the toilet and my new plan was that this summer I would hang around home until school started August 26th.

(And this is not a 'woe is me' or 'my plans are forever ruined' kind of post. I've really become excited to attend the University of Utah and for Salt Lake City. But for my purposes, I need to explain the background).

South Temple, Salt Lake City
So my plans were changed. I found myself unemployed, with pretty much nothing to do. A million job applications later, I still have found myself hanging around home. My friends were off starting adventures in their new corners of the world, and my corner just happened to be abut 20 minutes away by car and 40 minutes away by train. And I was rather upset by this.

I wasn't upset that I had to stick around while other people were just starting their new adventures. I was upset that I wasn't out doing adventures with them. I actually spent many summer days riding the train and my bike into Salt Lake to go to the library, or to go up to the U of U and just sit on campus. I try to go to USGA in Provo every Thursday and I've been hiking with various people all the time. But honestly, it was getting really hard to maintain that pace of socialization.

So in my self pity and boredom I decided that I was going to ride my bike over to a park in Centerville and to build a small damn in the creek. Now, if you have known me for more than say, four years, then you know that going to creeks and building things in them is something I've done my entire life. 

And heck, I might as well show you! I even blogged about going to the creek before. A long time ago. A reallllyyy  long time ago. Like, so old that it was on the Original Page turning. So HERE is a post concerning my creek adventures and HERE are some more pictures! In addition to going to the creek all the time, another thing I used to do was go up to the old chapel in Tanglewood to play the organ by my self.

South Jordan Frontrunner Station
While playing in that creek the other day, it occurred to me that I used to be an introvert. I'm not sure why I had forgotten that, but it hit me at that moment that I wasn't always as social or as out going as I am now. Heck, I'm not even the most social person, but I am a heck of a lot more social than I used to be. I actually talked to Aerielle about this a bit today on our hike (which you will get to read all about tomorrow!). 

I don't think I was in extrovert to start out. It was honestly a learned skill for me. I had like one friend through most of elementary. Going to middle school where I didn't know anyone, I began to learn how to branch out and associated with different kinds of people. Going to high school and again knowing no one, I had to relearn how to do that all over again. 

Then I moved to Utah. Half way through high school and not even close to feeling ready to restart my social life, I had two weeks to mentally prepare myself in the art of socialization. I remember clearly sitting on the airplane to Utah thinking that I was going to have to change how I interacted with other people. Slowly meeting people through friends of friends just wasn't going to cut it anymore.

In simple terms, I had to become an extrovert.

Awesome BYU kids after a USGA meeting in Provo

If you know my mom, brother or sister, you might have gotten that we generally aren't the type of people to ask a stranger for directions. It's just not really our affinity. But after changing schools several times, coming out of the closet and going through debate, I had taught myself to become a more outgoing, sociable person. 

I was laying down in the grass just a few feet away from that creek reading i,Robot by Issac Asimov and I though to myself, "Since when did being an extrovert become so important?" Don't get me wrong, I honestly thing that nine times out of ten it will probably behoove you better to be an extrovert rather than an introvert as a modern member of society. But in this summer, I realized that a lot of my stress and anxiety was internal. I was frustrated because for the first time in almost two years, I wasn't keeping up the same pace of social activity that I had grown accustomed to. 

Parrish Creek in Centerville, Utah
But that was okay. It was okay to take a step back, relax and just sit under the quiet rustling of leaves next to a babbling brook. Now just let that beautiful mental image sink in.......

Got it? Good.

I'm not sure if this post really has a point. I feel like I was trying to explain myself in this post, and there needs to be some sort of call to action at the end. Well, do what makes you happy, even if that means it's okay to be alone once and a while. The world will keep on spinning and society will march on, and even if you haven't checked facebook for the past 5 hours or asked which of your friends is going to that concert Thursday night, you will be alright in your small corner of our beautiful planet. Because you are a beautiful person, and being an introvert every once and a while doesn't mean you can't have a social life. It just means you are enjoying your time to yourself.

As always, I love you guys more than I say, and if you managed to make it through this Goliath of a blog post, you are awesome.

Best regards,

A. Browne Sebright