Road Trip 2020

After four months of being home, we went on a road trip to Breckinridge, Colorado. As we pulled out of our driveway in Plano, my spirits started to lift.  Once we were on the open Texas highway, my soul felt lighter. I did not realize being quarantined for four months had such an effect on my psyche.  I thought I was coping and keeping positive!  I had a routine working from home and felt like I was dealing well. I did not realize how much my personal freedom to come and go as I please I was truly missing! 

As we drove West from Dallas across Texas towards Colorado, the open highway was like the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz.  Some believe that the yellow brick road is a symbol of the journey of life that everyone must take, filled with thrills and dangers and holding the promise of something wonderful at the journey’s end.  I feel that is a great analogy for today’s times.  Life is filled with ups and downs, right and wrongs, yes and nos.  This road trip represented a release of the fear of the unknown and focusing on controlling only what we can.  I felt like it was putting a stake in the ground and deciding to have no more fear, just live in today and enjoy the moments I have with my family. Being intentional.

The Wizard of Oz also represents love, friendship, and home. Our time together was special, stopping at random places, exploring the outdoors, doing fun activities, relaxing, and sharing lots of laughter. I took off my Mom hat and just chilled with my teenagers.   I realized that this time was precious because in the future, my teenagers will be adults with lives of their own.  What a joy to hang with my favorite people, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and recharge my spirits and energy!

I write this today to suggest the possibility of creating the best of this time and enjoy yourself and the people you love!  It does not have to be a long road trip, just a special time set aside with intention.  I wish you the best time ever!

 “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” – Wizard of Oz

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