For those of you who may not know me, my name is Tyler, and I am currently 23 years of age. I recently moved to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in search for a change of scenery and a change of pace from my suburban hometown outside of Baltimore, Md. – the place where I was born, raised and lived up until Sept. 1, 2011.
At the moment, I love everything about my current location. The people are much more laid back, the landscape is surreal and the overall lifestyle is unlike anything I’ve experienced on the East Coast. And despite making this journey in an effort to simply get more snowboarding days in, I’ve quickly realized that the mountains offer much more than I could have ever hoped for – or imagined. For the first time in my life, I’ve come to comprehend just how small – and trivial – our lives are as human beings. I can’t help but look at the mountains every morning and reflect on all that they have endured. The truth is, people have come and people have gone, but the landscape – the earth around us – has remained. It’s seen more than I ever will in my short lifetime, and to me, that is both awe-inspiring and indescribably daunting.
Maybe what I’m experiencing is just what every other post-college/mid-twenties individual experiences: a desire to make sense of the world and to discover one’s individual meaning and place. I honestly can’t say that I know where I’m going, but what I do know, is that the mystery no longer frightens me like it so frequently did in the past. The unknown is, in fact, exciting, and by being aware of how short life is, and how tomorrow is never guaranteed, I’ve garnered a new outlook on life in general – that the process is more important than the outcome.
I’ve created this site as a way to document and/or keep track of this “process” – the little details, stories, experiences, and the people, places and things that unknowingly shape, shift and transform my existence each day. I’m in no way trying to change anyone’s state of being through all of this, not even my own necessarily, but perhaps I do discover something – no matter how minuscule or grand – about myself, about the world around me or about life as a whole. Who really knows – but, you know what, I like it that way.