I give a lot of credit to parents that have to deal with a car full of whining children on a tiring car ride. They are not only obligated to entertain, constantly feed, and even pull over to the nearest rest stop a handful of times for their needy passengers; but they are bombard every half an hour with the famous phrase “Are we there yet?”. While the kids and probably fed up adults are ready to hit that red button and jump to warp speed, the journey shouldn’t be about just reaching the finishing line.
One of my favorite things to do is to drive. It could be a five minute trip to 7-11 or a twelve hour ride across the country, I am more than excited to get in my car and start going. This love for being on the road started when I was little. My parents would drive me all over the state to go to wrestling practices and tournaments. I loved seeing new towns and all the cool scenery on the way there. It might have been more enjoyable than actually wrestling.
My secret hobby soon turned into full blown relationship when I got my license. While my friends were afraid to even merge onto the highway, I was driving all over to see every part of the state. I loved seeing how one area was very urban with huge buildings and people all over the streets to a place thirty minutes away that was all open space with a few pastures and farms. I wasn’t concerned about where I was going to end up, I just wanted to experience as much as I could as I drove along.
This love for scenic driving hasn’t diminished at all since I was legally allowed to get behind the wheel . While most people hate riding from place to place, I jump up at the opportunity to hit the open road. This mindset is exactly how I feel about life.
We all have goals we want to achieve and places we want to see, but that isn’t what the main focus of our journey is about. It should be taking in every moment along the way. We are bound to hit a few bumps and approach some detours, but we should come away with a valuable lesson from that experience. When we find ourselves at a dead end or come to an intersection in the middle of nowhere, it will be a hard choice but something we will always remember. I think Rascal Flatts summed it up perfectly. Life is an open highway that has no set route. While we may have no direction of where we are heading and even get off at a few exits that spark our interest, just remember you will always end up where you need to be.