I recently had the opportunity to travel with my parents back to my hometown. We all now live several hundred miles from where I grew up, so it took us a couple of days to make our journey. Our trip brought me back to a truth I believe in – life really is much more about the journey than the destination. We travelled quite a bit, over 1,500 miles total. We opted to drive, we are a driving family and driving allowed us to take our time and stop along the way to visit family. It was indeed the trip of a lifetime, well it was for me, I might have driven them a little bit crazy.
I loved our journey, but it really was the little moments that meant the most. Now, don’t get me wrong, that is a long way to drive and there were parts of our trip that were just long. And I really am certain we all probably drove each other a little crazy every now and then. But overall, I loved our journey. I really like to drive, I believe I inherited that from my dad, he is a driving man. Our miles flowed really well, no major traffic back-ups which was amazing considering the miles and the three major cities we went through. St Louis was an interesting adventure for me this time, I went the same way I always do. You know, the same way everyone goes. And then my dad piped up and suggested he travels around the city on another interstate. There is another option? How come I didn’t know that? Wait, maybe I did but I forgot? On the way home we went on his route, and you know what, I liked his route too! Isn’t it funny that it was natural for me to go one way and he another and neither of us considered another option. I think we do that in life too, think our way is the only way until someone says “hey what about this?” Maybe we should all say “hey what about this a little more often?”
Visiting friends and relatives was one of my favorite parts of this trip. It was good to see people I had not seen in years, I wish I had been able to visit more. We have all changed, life does that to you. But it is so good to re-connect. I have not been back home in years – it is so far and home is here now. But I was so thankful to be embraced by people so readily. I think I shall not let as much time pass between visits this next time. I think sometimes my life needs to slow down, I need to slow down, and appreciate the smallest of moments. Moments like the really good pizza shared with an old friend, the nephew who is willing to jumpstart a truck so he can show you how it runs, the grand niece who teaches you how to play a whole new version of “I Spy”, the parents who are willing to tolerate and love you and the family who supports your crazy adventures. I think I shall focus more on the moments in life, well, I will for this moment anyway. Tomorrow will probably hold a new adventure. I hope it is great as this adventure was, for this one was golden! Be well my friends, and thank you for spending part of your day with me.