Audrey Garden

Audrey Garden

My name is Audrey Garden and I want to live in a world where, in the words of the great poet Anatole France, “wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe”. Oh yes, I want to travel. I long to explore new cultures, to become submerged in the wholesome, thrilling journey of discovery. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to get a taste of different regions of the world. I’ve lived each half of my life in polar opposite regions of the country, Southern California and the Connecticut shoreline. While long, sun drenched days at the beach gave way to powdered ski slopes and icy winters, Louisiana, with its slow-moving creeks and aureate sunsets, remained the place where I felt most at home. The revelation of how utterly unique three different regions of the same country could be sparked my desire for more. Nations, cities, tiny villages, the wilderness-I want to see it all. My fondest memories comprise of days spent hiking through Yosemite, climbing the Eifel Tour, exploring abandoned castles nestled into the Scottish highlands, scuba diving reefs that teemed with secret life in Kauai, and sprawled on the bow of a sailboat as it bobbed over the Croatian sea. I cannot imagine departing this Earth without having viewed the world through a different pair of eyes; a new lens. In fact, a plethora of lenses is more like it. One for each place, every distinct culture I find myself privileged enough to encounter. Like most of us, I have a have a bucket list. It’s long and pricey (if only airfare were free!), but there’s a distinct beginning and an end that’s never quite the End. There’s time to be deliberate and to be bold. Time to dance with the unknown and be still in the warm embrace of familiar arms. Kate Douglas once said, “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and coming back all changed.” The truth of these words resonates within me. I cannot grow as a person by succumbing to bigotry, narrow-mindedness, or apathy. I aim to GO, to venture out and away from my own little corner of the universe and to be mesmerized, transformed, and deeply moved by all the beauty and brokenness of the Earth, a place we all call home.