Sunset in Sin City

Vegas Circa 2014

It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.

Happy #TravelTuesday. Today we’re going to do a flashback. I was going through my old flash drive to free up some space yesterday and found all my old playlists from way back when. It’s crazy how far back a song can bring you. The nostalgia is real. And it hits you like a ton of bricks when it comes.

The Lost Years 

I was 21 years old and had finally tasted freedom for the first time. Recently single from a long term relationship, I wanted to do everything, all at once. Although my ex and I remained in touch until I was about 22, we no longer had a relationship. At this point, I just wanted to make up for lost time. I wanted to play catch up. That’s why I call my early 20’s the lost years. I lost so much time to someone who didn’t deserve me at all.

 The New Age

I just cleaned my room for what feels like the 10th time this week. The song playing now is called “What the Water Gave Me” by Florence and the Machine. Vegas was only 3 years ago but it feels like a lifetime has passed. I will always remember the moment when the DJ a played remix of this song. We were upfront and so close to him. I had never felt so alive. My whole life ahead of me. I was lost, but I knew exactly where I was going in life. We danced and sang our hearts out, the lights hitting every beat, alcohol among other things pumping in our veins as beautiful acrobats swung from the ceilings. Confetti burst everywhere, bottle girls coming out with the sparklers and champagne, everybody was just vibin’. That weekend was a complete blur, but I recall this moment vividly because I associate it with this song. A lot of memories – or at least pieces of them – came back today. I mean Florence Welsh is an incredible vocalist. Amazing band overall. Ah, Vegas. The next time we meet I will be wiser with much more cash monies.

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