I have reached the halfway point of my journey. Not the literal halfway point but the point at which I feel I am on beginning to wend my way home. From here it will be baseball games, big cities and museums. DC, NY, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philli, Cleveland, Cinci and Chicago. The only fear I have is that I won't be able to make it back home before the 4th or worse yet, my mothers birthday.
From here I will be on my own again until I reach home and I am looking forward to it. I love staying with my friends but I also love being to go at my own pace without having to take anyone else's schedule into consideration. I know that some of the place I want to see are going to have to be a whirlwind tour but I believe it will all be worth it.
I recently reflected on some of the things I have learned since I have been on the road, some of them meaningful and others plain silly.
I learned this one the hard way... Never go out without bringing extra batteries. It really sucks to have a great shot and miss it because your camera dies.
I like to be alone. I kind of knew this on some level but this trip has really brought this fact home. I am comfortable being alone (even in a crowd) and I actually enjoy it. The time I have had to think/ponder/reflect/stew has been priceless. A character in a movie I really enjoy said "I am alone not lonely", for me, this is true. I haven't been lonely yet, although I do miss my family and friends I know that they are there for me and with me in spirit.
Take the slow way there every chance you get, you never know what will come your way. (I think I have already said this but it bears repeating).
Meet people whenever possible. I have had the pleasure of encountering some of the nicest people on the road (Ryan, Kaleb, Albert, Jon to name just a few) and been lucky to make their acquaintanceship. Smiling and being open has gotten me further then I could have imagined. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I think the happiness and serenity I feel is apparent and attracts like people to me.
Trust your instincts. My mother has always said "Trust your instincts but use your intellect" an adage that has been driven home again and again on this trip. I have had so many experience where I have just let go and listened to that little voice and been rewarded that I can't count them. I only know that I am grateful for this lesson.
I have been blessed with the best friends. People that will help and support me. People that love me for who I am. It makes me feel rich beyond all means. I have been lucky enough to stay with a number of them as I have travelled and their generosity has been overwhelming.
For some people there will always be "something" that prevents them for doing what they want. I was one of those people before last year. I have been asked innumerable times "A road trip? With the price of gas?!?" (Europeans' laugh here). I believe, sometimes you just have to do it, consequences be damned. My motto in life is "Kiss the Girl". (huh?). Have you ever watched a romantic movie and the main characters come close to kissing but they don't for one reason or another? Then later they get together down the line (or in real life they don't), wasting a lot of time and energy. If they had just taken that chance it would have saved them a lot of heart ache. You have to take that chance, I had to take this chance/opportunity.
One of the primary reasons for going on this trip was to enlarge my spiritual life. I feel as if that is in fact happening. This blog has been a great tool for introspection. During the day I take notes, some of them make it here while other simply reside in my heart. All of this has lead to growth and for that I am truly grateful. I will be running around for the next couple of days so there probably won't be much to come for a while.