She is a freelance content writer and editor who holds her Master’s of Fine Arts in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Bachelor degrees in English and French from Ohio University. When not writing, she spends time with her horse, Lucy. She lives, writes, and rides in Pittsburgh, PA.
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It’s an ordinary rainy Wednesday morning and I’m about to sit down at my desk out of the cold, wet weather and I start to think about the story my dad was just telling me about how hitchhiking used to be his primary mode of transportation. And how he’d hated it. Just hated it. Imagine that. And that’s just it. All I can do to relate to those stories is try to imagine what it must be like to be a 20-year-old college kid thumbing your way back to Pittsburgh in the snow, not knowing who’s going to pick you up or how far they’ll take you.
Back to me at my desk. Like most people in my generation, thanks to my hitchhiking parents, I’ve gotten through just about 30 years of life without ever having to stare real adversity in the face. Challenges? Discomfort? Sure. Adversity? No, at least not in the same way that my parents and their parents experienced it. My grandfather hugged his father goodbye one day and walked down the street to serve in the Navy in WWII. The next time he saw his dad was at his funeral. He’d had a heart attack, likely from the soot and dust he breathed in over years of working in the mill.
The point is that without adversity, without scratching and clawing just to make it home alive, we as a society are starting to miss something big.
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