Sometimes when a task has become familiar through repetition, it is difficult to be excited by it, no matter how much fun or benefit will come from completing the task. That is where I was a in the couple days prior to finally prepping and packing to drive on my solo road trip to the mid-west and back.
I made the decision to attend my 40th High School Class Reunion. In and of itself, this would no longer be enough of a draw to get me to travel the almost 1900 miles to my town of birth from my home of the past 27 years. But this trip is being made extra worthwhile as I meet my daughter in Chicago for four days of wedding planning fun after the HS reunion in Northern Indiana.
I wanted to make several other quick stops around Arizona and along the route. Air travel, car rental, and hotel accommodations add up quickly. This helped me inform my decision to drive there. I enjoy driving. I do my best thinking and can focus on planning and creating in a way that I cannot do when I am in my routine at home with cats, dog, turtle and husband and seemingly constant interruption and distraction. I truly try to live in the moment, but have to make lists and plans even though the moment constantly teaches me that plans always change.
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise
– William Blake, 1757 – 1827