Mom & I Take Mystic, CT
I can't recall the exact day or situation, but at some point in life I realized that the key to loving life is to have low expectations. I used to over-hype EVERYTHING and as a result, nobody ever thought anything was as great as I built it up to be. I particularly remember seeing High School Musical 3 in the theater and telling my friend that it was SO GOOD. "Legitimately good, not cheesy HSM good!" We went and saw it together (for my second time) and she literally laughed through the whole thing. That's one example of a time I thought, "maybe it's best to keep expectations low." Now if you ask me about anything, I'll tell you it was simply "good" or "not my favorite" so as to give everyone a chance to adequately feel things.
I apply this principle to my life as well. I don't consider myself a pessimist, I just know that if I keep expectations low I will never be disappointed with things. The reason I bring this up is because I had this attitude going in to my day spent in Mystic at the aquarium. I mean, I have been to Seaworld. I have seen orcas do backflips with people on their faces (this was pre-Blackfish, mind you) so my experience with marine life has set the bar pretty high for aquariums. I knew this was going to be small-town and probably nothing to write home about.
This tendency to not think I am going to have an epic time really paid off this time. When I walked in and instantly was welcomed by a beluga whale waving to people, my mind was already blown. Never had I expected that in such a small town aquarium! I honestly am now convinced that belugas are my favorite animal. It was so cute watching him press his face against the glass and spin for people. My heart was smitten.
Mystic is probably most known for an 80's movie I've never seen staring Julia Roberts (Mystic Pizza). IMDB describes it as a "coming of age comedy" but I simply think of it as the reason people have heard of this town (kind of like "standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona"... nobody would know of that town - let alone go out of their way to stop there - if it wasn't for that song). Thankfully it was well worth the trip. Such a charming little place. We enjoyed the aquarium, then walked around the downtown and had a snack at a little juice place. Sadly I didn't eat at Mystic Pizza (tracking macros = pizza is not priority ;) but I loved every bit of this little town! Check out the video below to see what other cute little marine life we ran in to at the aquarium. Maddux was fascinated by the penguins. He was mesmerized the whole time we were looking at them. They also have Coke products (Pepsi = thumbs way way down for me) so it was practically perfect in every way.
Press play on the video below to see more!