Driving through a fog is scary and often dangerous. Living through a fog of depression is another thing all together. What's worse is that you often don't realize that you've been in it until something wakes you up. Something really good, really bad, really scary or really stressful. Something that shakes you to your core and makes you think: What am I even doing?
Brainerd Below Zero
Though I've always appreciated the allure of the nature in and around Brainerd, it's easy to become desensitized to it's abundance. Born, raised, and currently residing in the central Minnesota lake town, the places I've chosen to highlight here have been engraved in my mind. They are as much a part of me as the people I love. It may sound like an exaggeration, but if you've lived in a community like this, I am sure you can relate. Like anywhere else, we have our faults, but in true Minnesota-nice fashion, I'm going to share the things I love about my hometown. The sights, sounds, and even the chilling arctic cold are home to me.
The Dip We Can't Quit!
Being a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan, it's fairly obvious that the Super Bowl game itself rarely evokes excitement for me (apart from when Prince played the Halftime show in 2007, of course). That being said, I still look forward to our yearly family gathering on Super Bowl Sunday. (Even though, recent gatherings have been of a much smaller variety, thanks to the current pandemic.)
It's strange how a little thing can alter one's entire life. Missing a flight, arriving early to work, spilling your coffee, or checking the mail. As a detective, I've seen first-hand the all too real consequences to seemingly mundane events. It should be of little surprise that one such event changed everything for me, but some things surprise even the most astute observers.