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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.
1. Go sky diving.
What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)
2. Go cliff jumping/diving.
I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.
3. Ride in a hot air balloon.
Up, up and away.
4. Try out skiing.
Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.
5. Try out snow boarding.
Shawn White, I'm coming for you.
6. Go bungee jumping.
Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.
7. Go to Portugal.
I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?
8. Go to Cape Verde.
Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.
9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.
I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.
10. Try out surfing.
It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.
11. Learn a new langauge.
Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.
12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.
Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.
13. Go paddle boarding.
Pretty boring but I've never done it.
14. Go scuba diving.
I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.
15. Learn how to line dance.
There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.
16. Go kayaking.
All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.
17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.
I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.
18. Get my palms read.
Because who doesn't want to know their future.
19. Go to a medium.
Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.
20. Take a helicopter ride.
Air plane: check Helicopter:....
21. Sleep under the stars.
Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping
22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.
Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.
The Outer Banks, a 200-mile stretch of islands off of the coast of North Carolina is easy, in my opinion, the happiest place on Earth. From family vacations to spending the past two summers there with my friends I've come to know the island pretty well. The quaint mom-and-pop stores mixed in with a plethora of surf shops and fun bars and restaurants make life on the sandbar simple and fun.
Last summer when my friends and I decided to move down there for a few months, we knew no one but each other. However, the people there are all so friendly that it didn't take long at all to have a whole new squad of friends. The people in this beautiful beach town are unlike people anywhere else.
The locals of the Outer Banks are CAREFREE, something that I've been lucky to be around and become in the past two years. No one cares about what you look like or what you do or how much money you make. As long as you love the ocean, you'll fit in perfectly.
Everyone who lives in this beach town does have something in common: our favorite thing is the ocean. Not a day goes by that I don't run to the ocean to simply take a dip. The ocean is my shower, and the ocean is my favorite place, the ocean makes me feel FREE. The feeling of diving into a wave and coming up for air, or swimming as far as you can to find the sandbar. The ocean is big, but when you stop worrying about the creatures underneath and the immensity of it, it doesn't seem scary, just a huge place of happiness and life.
The Outer Banks has a lot to offer, but the best parts are hidden in the details. Go find a local restaurant and jump in the ocean, life will never be better.