“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” -Don Williams, Jr.
When I woke up this morning, I was more than a little grumpy about a very long drive that I had to take to shoot a wedding in Ashford, Washington. Michael was saying how lucky I should feel because it was going to be such a beautiful drive, but I was like, “it’s too far, I didn’t charge enough, I don’t like to drive, I’m going to be lonely, my sirius radio won’t work out there, what’s the weather going to be like, blah blah blah…”
But, he was right… it took that heinously long drive out to the foothills of Mount Rainier for me to realize how lucky I am. How could I have forgotten that? How could I have gotten so lost in my so-called crazy life, that I actually lost sight of the fact that nothing that small is worth worrying about, or complaining about? And how in the hell and all of the heavens did I for one second forget that I love the open road?!!! I love taking sharp turns through the mountains, I love stopping every time there’s a sign that says “Viewpoint Ahead,” I love the sudden burst of open prairies, I love the cows and the horseys, the run-down barns and the small saloons and the quirky little towns with post offices the size of a garage, with a tractor out front and an American flag on the side… I even love the fact that my sirius radio constantly fades in and out of reception, and when listening to hip-hop, my song might start with MCLyte, but end with Eric B. & Rakim, with little bursts of street beats in between!
So from now on, I will try to encourage & remind myself, and I encourage you: open your eyes along the journey, not just to help you get to the destination, but to gain back along the way, what you may have lost sight of before…