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Cleveland has always been a city that has caught my interest dating back to when I was a kid. I always wanted to know some things about Cleveland, some unique things that I didn't previously know. I have heard plenty of stories about Cleveland and it sounds like they have plenty of things to offer as far as restaurants and entertainment go. I would like to catch a glimpse of Lake Erie too.
The above line was something that I would imagine saying in the Boston accent. I am also motivated to go to Boston, Massachusetts because of the fact that some facets of this city's culture are interesting. I wouldn't say every facet, but some facets. Preparing myself as a voice actor, I would like to get a better grip on the Boston accent, and what better way for me to do that than to go to Boston itself? To be sure, there are spots in Boston that I would like to see, such as the Boston Harbor and the beautiful parks. If it's in the middle of baseball season, I would like to attend a Red Sox baseball game but that's probably wishful thinking since tickets for those games are super expensive at times.
It also wouldn't hurt for me to see Cap Cod if I had the chance. Aside from that, though, Boston holds an annual video game convention called Pax East and I would definitely jump at the chance of going to Pax East if I were given a cheap or free ticket to that event. I love playing video games and Pax East would be my chance to take in the experience of a gaming convention for the first time.
As far as entertainment goes, this is where things get interesting. Like Boston, Seattle also has their own gaming convention called Pax Prime and if I were to receive an opportunity to go up to Seattle for Pax Prime, I would definitely jump at the chance. It is one dream of mine to finally attend a gaming convention like Pax. Aside from the gaming experience, though, I have heard good stories about the local zoo, the patches of forest lands around Seattle and of course the Space Needle. I will be sure to bundle up if it gets cold, but rest assured this is an ideal destination for me.
If I have time to see kangaroos and other outback animals, then I'll do what I can to take a picture of them.
Japan has a different way of distributing products compared to the United States, so I would have to be careful when I see a vending machine that I'm not exactly used to, for example. Also, I don't speak Japanese and I don't know how to read Japanese symbols, so that will be a communication barrier I will have to get around. I do believe this would be a fun place to go to for a few days overall.
I wouldn't be surprised if I were to bump into Irish soccer fans who were passionate about their favorite teams, and that's cool because I can relate to them in being a sports fan. I don't regularly drink alcohol, though, so you can rule me out of most Irish pubs (unless they serve good food there). I believe I would have fun in Ireland even if I were to hear classic Irish music, especially if it were Gaelic. I have a pen pal who loved to practice speaking in Gaelic. Most importantly, though, some of my family roots direct back to Ireland, so this would be a prime opportunity to get in better touch with my family roots.I am also curious to know the artistic side of Ireland as well the entertainment side.
Having said that, though, there are ongoing threats of danger in Israel. It's well documented that there is an abundance of hostility and disputes that I believe will never be resolved, which is a sad truth that we need to accept at some point. There are more significant spots in Jerusalem than I can count, but that doesn't matter. Whenever I get the opportunity to go to Israel and develop a better understanding of what my Christian faith is all about, I will jump at that chance without hesitation.
So... how does this tie in with The Autistic Help?
Now why am I describing these places to readers of this blog? Why would I be discussing this to an audience that would mostly be in the same boat as I am in, being on the Autism Spectrum? I believe I can simply say that there are times in our lives when we feel like we need to do something outside of our comfort zones to aid our self-esteem and give ourselves a better perspective on life in general. I know that being in your comfort zone has its benefits. I won't deny that. For a stretch of time I felt that way too. I felt that if I just stayed in my comfort zone and stayed isolated from the rest of the world I would be fine. However, I feel that at some point in life I have to be willing to step out in faith and explore places that I feel like are meant to be explored.
I find it really sad when I hear or read stories about autistic people not being able to leave their houses or being completely unwilling to even leave their rooms because I know they are wasting their time staying in such bubbles. I understand why fellow autistic people do this. I understand that the world we live in today is a cruel, mean and rotten place and that some people are just waiting to knock us down without hesitation. I understand why autistic people would be concerned about such dangerous surroundings, but there is a difference between being concerned about what's out there and being outright afraid of what's out there. This is only my opinion and belief, but we were not given the spirit of fear to begin with. We were not meant to live a life where we isolate ourselves 24/7 and never do anything productive. I don't think that's the kind of life God would want us to live. Look at the pictures I have posted here and tell me how beautiful and interesting those places are.
We have one life to live and we have opportunities to go to places that we would like to visit. If given those opportunities, I won't look back. Here's to 2015.