There have been a few amazing experiences in my life where I can truly say I’ve been “Blown Away.” One of them was seeing the musical, Wicked. I’m a huge theater buff, so getting the chance to see Wicked live was a real treat.
The play details an alternate backstory of the lives of Glinda, the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch. The story unfolds to reveal a distinctly different characterization of the two characters – much unlike what you’d expect after seeing the Wizard of Oz movie. In the last scene before intermission, I was truly blown away as I watched Elphaba singing “Defying Gravity” while flying on her broomstick to escape the angry mob. It was so emotionally overwhelming that I hardly remember anything that happened after the intermission!
It was a fantastic rush of excitement and I want more! I find myself seeking these mind blowing experiences wherever I can. In fact, I often avoid reading books like Harry Potter so I can experience the movie with a completely fresh mind – and it’s been working well for me.
Another experience where I felt blown away happened during a trip to New Orleans. To give you a background, I love animals. I love animals so much that I’ve decided not to eat any animals that bring me joy (I feel too guilty!) In New Orleans, you often find gator on the menu – and I was excited to try it myself! After all, gators are dangerous beasts who eat people right? Or so I thought… while on the swamp tour my understanding of this creature completely changed. Alligators were only dangerous when provoked, attacks rarely ever happened and when they did it was because people were disrespectful to them. I was blown away! Soon, the tour guide pulled out the cutest little alligator. I almost fainted with excitement when finding out that we were all to hold the alligator! After this experience, I’ve decided I will not eat alligators!
Eventually, I hope to create my own story or game which creates a mind-blowingly good time for others! Until then, simply seek out situations that might break your long-held beliefs similar to the ones I’ve mentioned here