The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go

The furthest point North on Scotland’s mainland.

A notable marker that indicates a transition from adolescence to adulthood is the realization that one’s taste has evolved.  This is not a reference to an individual’s taste buds and how they change every seven years, but rather refining our interest. When I was a little girl, I had always dreamt about living in the city, specifically New York City. The towering buildings, the city lights, and the hustle and bustle of the natives seemed glamorous. Not to mention, that I thought I was going to grow up to be a mega pop star.

As years past, I began to slowly drift away from my belief that I wanted to live in the city. I guess that with all the nature shows I watched with my father, they were finally beginning to rub off on me. Despite traveling to beautiful states, such as Colorado, I was only a child and was preoccupied with marrying my stuffed animals.

My journey to the Highlands only reasserted my ideals of eventually living in the wilderness. I admired the city atmosphere in Edinburgh and loved the relative closeness of shops, but the Highlands transported me to another realm. I was in touch with the beauties of nature, and was able to appreciate such captivating sites.

The image above is by far one of my favorite photographs from studying abroad. It was taken along the west coast of Scotland as we were driving to the city of Glasgow. There were many areas for cars to pull over and admire the scenery. The bus decided to pull over at this stop, and it was stunning. To the west, storm clouds were moving in. In opposition, rays of sunlight shined through the clouds and illuminated the side of the mountains. Despite the rain, a rainbow flashed over the valleys.

The wilderness held up to a mysterious mystique. It is so mesmerizing to see the forces of nature and to admire its wonder. As I was left awestruck, I could not help but smile at my original idea of moving to the city.


Kayli Warner is a senior honors student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in Theatre and specializing in Costume Design. She is spending the 2017 summer term abroad with the faculty-led UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland. Kayli is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society.

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