What happened when I forgot to drink water in California

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Aynari Garcia

What do you usually think of when someone mentions Hollywood? Movies, celebrities, and red carpet are what I think. My dad had a business trip in which he had to go to California, but both of my parents decided to make a trip out of it. I cannot explain the happiness I felt hearing that.

Sunset view of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California.

Going to California with my family, I was so excited to see as much of Hollywood as I possibly could. So, we scheduled a tour that would take us around Beverly Hills and Hollywood. I was so excited about the tour, I really only cared about being there and didn’t think to bring any snacks or water. I’d even almost forgot my phone in the hotel room. And, while traveling to each site on a bus, we needed to walk around and stand in the sun once we got to each attraction. With all the sites we landed on and I was enamored with - the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive – there was no coverage.

At the end of the tour, my family took a subway to finally get something substantial to eat then stop by the Chinese Theater. We piled into the subway, and I cannot fully explain what this feeling was but let me do my best. As I stood there with my hand holding the bar to keep my balance, my vision tinted, making everything seem darker. My body started to feel so incredibly heavy and I could barely stand up straight. My mind felt the same way static on a television sounds. The coldness of the bar I was holding was the only thing keeping me grounded and so I leaned my head against it – which was disgusting at the time pre-COVID, let alone now – and felt some relief. My body was still getting heavier, so my parents guided me to sit down. I didn’t know what was happening, nor did I know why it was happening. It wasn’t until we left the subway – well, I was leaning on my mother for support and she basically dragged me out – and got some fresh air into my system that I realized. I hadn’t touched a bottle of water all day. I was gradually fainting due to the lack of water in my system and I can’t imagine what would have happened if I didn’t have my family by my side.

Interior view of the subway

When we left the Hard Rock restaurant, we accidentally happened upon the movie premiere for Jack: The Giant Slayer (only in Hollywood) and I got to see Ewan McGregor. For those of you who do not know him by name, Mr. McGregor has appeared in a wide range of films from Moulin Rouge! to Doctor Sleep. I know him best as Obi-Wan Kenobi from the prequel Star Wars trilogy. Despite seeing him in epic lightsaber battles on the big screen, and despite even the glamor of the red carpeted premiere, all I could think about was Ewan McGregor, jedi master, was just another living, breathing human being who probably also needed water to survive.

Essentially, my lesson learned was always, always, always have water wherever you go. Even if it comes down to you having to hold the bottle in your hand all day (how cumbersome, I know!), make sure to continuously be drinking water. Hydro flasks are a must and should become your best friend if they aren’t already.

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