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All The White Dashes Come and Go
“For the first time in my life the weather was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me. ” -Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Have you ever been on the most beautiful highway, surrounded by mother natures amazing gift to us, going 80 to 90 miles an hour, and decided that you'd like to stick your arm out of the window just to feel it. To feel it's pulse, the wind against your arm giving you goose bumps because it's so cold, but yet... everything about that moment just seems to wake up all of your senses and make you feel re-born again?
There is beauty in the white dashes among the roads. They come and go so quickly. In each hour that you spend in that car, a new thought is formed of why you are in that car in the first place. A past experience runs rapid in your head, and you press your foot harder down to the peddle, because you are ready... for what lies ahead of you.
No matter what is driving you (be it a new career, a family issue, or even a vacation to get away for a little while), road trips can be the most reflective moments in our lives. When all you have is music, all of your heroes singing out the words to your heart, inspiring you through, that touch your soul, that make you feel it too.... there is no other choice, but to reflect.
Tunnel in Los Angeles California
“I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” -Jack Kerouac, On the Road
In one year, I traveled across the United States... three times. But not just for a vacation, each place I traveled to... was somewhere that I was going.. to stay. Everything you own, in the back of your car. Homeless for days, but yet it never seemed to phase me. It was all just a part of being mentally and physically ready... to take that next step.
There is something incredible about the outlooks of life in comparison to the TV show "Cheers" ... "A place where everyone knows your name." However, there is an even greater energy, almost an unexplainable one at that, in going somewhere were people only know what you have decided to tell them. It leaves everything so very brand new. No limitations to all of the possibilities that are soon to come. An excitement in all of the thoughts of moving forward with a dream, with a new life, a possible promotion with a career, and a journey that is marked by you and you alone.
Even now, after a year of staying in one place (a place I had always dreamed of being), I search for something new. For that next moment to pack up everything into a U haul, and set out to see the world. It's an itch inside that hasn't quite seemed to go away. For all I know, it just may never. But it's in the journey that I seek that freedom, and in the roads that somehow always seem to bare my soul that I am drawn in.
Life's next big step, isn't too far for anyone. It rests outside your door, on your driveway or among the other cars that hide in your parking lot, and calls out your name, to take you for a ride. The beauty, is that even if it's not a road trip that will keep you in the place that you end up... there is still something about a road trip and getting in the car and driving, that can help to balance your soul, your life, and give your questions the answers if you just take a little moment out of your day, and take a cruise.