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Live in the Now

Well, we’ve been home for about a week-and-a-half now. I’m guessing most of you who read the site regularly would most likely know that already. But I figure it’s a little more official when it’s in black type. Wow, 5 ½ months and 12,100 miles later and we’re back sitting in the seats where we brainstormed about a great adventure around the US (and part of Canada). It seems these dreams are always floating around above us just out of reach. We jump as high as we can and we might even feel the brush of our fingertips against them only to realize that our fears and our desire for comfort shackle us to the ground making it impossible to ever really catch the blasted things. This dream was the exception for Lindsey and me. We actually got to see it come to fruition.

It’s a funny thing how we tend to always be looking forward to the next thing. We’re always working today to prepare for something tomorrow or next year or when we retire. I found myself doing that on our trip much of the time. Even before we left home back 7 months ago I would be anticipating the second we would jump in the bus and SLAM the doors and make it official. Then that day came when we pointed the bus east and headed to…..Amarillo. We have family and friends in Amarillo so we didn’t feel like the trip had really officially begun yet. A few days later we were finally REALLY going to get on the road and head to…. Albuquerque, where we had more family. Don’t get me wrong, we love our family, but there’s this anticipation for what’s next that I find myself battling. These “official” starts carried on through the trip in the form of “highlights.” “I can’t wait until we are in Big Sur!” “I’m really looking forward to seeing Portland and Seattle for the first time!” “The best is going to be when we got to Canada!” The challenge is to look forward to this moment. I now quote the great philosophers Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, “Live in the now, man.”

That brings me to now. How do I “live in the now” after such an adventure? Being On The Good Road was no doubt good. It was amazing. There was beauty all around and incredibly kind and hospitable people that we met. Few get the opportunity to do a trip like we did. I’m beyond thankful for it. But now what? What’s next? And what do I need to do now to prepare for what’s to come in 6 months? Maybe I need to live in the now for a little while.

2 Comments (Leave a Reply)

  1. Lee (December 2, 2010)

    Yeah….live in the now and teach me how to take awesome photos! We’re glad you made it home safely and really look forward to hanging out again soon. I’m sure there’s ample material for lots of good, contemplative conversation 🙂

  2. Lynda (December 18, 2010)

    Darren & Lindsey – You provide so much provocation for thought. We are so happy you are home safely and contemplating your next adventure. You have accomplished an incredible journey! I hope you find more answers to even more questions!

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