TASK: Imagine you are Huck on the raft. Write a letter to the world saying why you want to be where you are and why the world should be different than what it is.
I’ve capitalised the word “world” because I’m now writing to the world as if it were a real, living, breathing, talking person. It’s a real place, why can it not be a real person too? I think it is sometimes. Nature responds when something happens: the leaves rustle and the water ripples when the wind blows, the birds fly south for the winter to find food, bears hibernate when food is scarce, the ground and water freeze over in ice when it gets too cold and fires start when it gets too hot. There’s always cause and effect.
This is why I want to be where I am. Travelling the length of America by river, with no end in sight, no responsibilities to worry about and no one I owe anything to. Discovering the country by water has opened my eyes to how vast the world is and how much more there is to it than the life I was born into. How beautiful, wondrous, incredible and astonishing it all is! This is why I want to be where I am: the opportunities out here are practically limitless and the experiences nothing like I’ve ever known before.
The world should be different than what it is and I can’t really understand why it is the way it is or how it even came to be this way. The world should be a place where people can choose what they want their life to be, instead of just following in their parents’ footsteps or doing what’s expected of them. A place where everyone is equal and no one is lesser than anyone else for any reason. It’s remarkable what travelling with someone like Jim can teach you and, more importantly, what people like Jim himself can teach you. People truly come from all walks of life but they are still people: you just need to take the time to get to know them. That’s the way the world should be. So different from what it currently is.