A journey starts with an idea. Some ideas have had man pondering for millennia. Could man reach the stars? Could man walk on the surface of the moon? Could man spend 24 hours inside a K-mart? As a species, we have never shied away from these questions. And it’s important to remember these accomplishments to extend and push our culture forward.
10 years ago today, at 1:33 p.m. Brandon Beech and I started our journey to accomplish one of these feats. We spent 24 hours inside the walls of our local K-mart. It was a goodbye to innocence and a step towards adulthood.
For society to learn and grow we must remember the past. We must remember those times that the legends of yesterday said, “I am here! I have something to say! And I will not leave for 24 hours!”
As a country we have faced many hardships. Sometimes it feels like there’s no haven, no place of escape. But if there’s one thing I learned from spending 24 hours inside those walls it’s that it never rains in K-mart. K-mart does not judge. K-mart does not close it’s doors. It’s there when you need it. Give me your cold, give me your hungry. If you need a pocket watch at 4 p.m. on a Saturday, where can you go? K-mart. If you need Cheddar Blasted Doritos at 3 a.m., where can you go? K-mart. T-shirts for a newborn? Kelly Clarkson’s Latest album? Candles for a night of romance? K-mart, K-mart, K-mart.
My life has changed so much since that fateful day back in 2006. And as I continually strive forward, sculpting my life for the better, the least I can hope for is that the wonder and imagination that occurred 10 years ago will inspire the youth of today.
To all that have supported me for the last decade, I thank you.
For further reading, here is a link to the legendary logs taken on that day: It Never Rains in K-Mart. *All spelling errors and grammar mistakes were kept for historical relativity.