Yes, that’s a reference to Wicked. Just accept it.
Anyway. Let’s get down to what I promised my readers last week: a self-exploration in the style of a trip. Yep. It’s actually happening. Woohoo?
I’m quite fond of metaphors, as any habitual reader will tell you. Almost as fond as I am of thinking in circles. And according to my therapist, that happens to be my favorite activity. I have to admit, I’m pretty good at it.
Anyway, in the multiple hours I spent aboard various planes to and from New York last month, I decided that the perfect metaphor for life – anyone’s will work, but definitely for mine – is one of my favorite activities: a road trip.
Now, everyone knows that there are certain things that you need on a road trip. The only true constant across the board is a fairly reliable car. We’re going to go ahead and say that a person’s body is their car. Let’s try and quell any stick shift/headlight jokes now, okay? And if you can’t contain them, take a break and let ’em all out.
Now for the fun essentials, which vary widely based on your personality. Three main components: Directions, Entertainment, and a Sense of Adventure. (Notice that I didn’t say you need a destination…you don’t, at this point.)
My three components are represented as: Reading (Directions), Love of Music (Entertainment), and Imagination (Sense of Adventure)
Directions need to be handy, even when you don’t have a destination. I mean, I’m excellent at just driving around without knowing exactly where I’m going – but I have maps in my head. Otherwise I’ll just spend a lot of time driving in circles and getting frustrated. Luckily, I’m a HUGE reader. This is important because they give me a mental map for my life – what I want, how to get there, and where the important roads are.
Entertainment comes in a lot of forms. Some people like to play road games, others like to talk…but me? I’m a music girl. Most of my loved ones (and hated ones, too) know that I love all forms of music. I firmly believe that each song has a purpose and a time to be played. It’s a fabulous form of self-expression…or commercialism…depending on which genre we’re talking about. Either way, it’s something I’m enjoying – so what do I care? The importance of music on a road trip cannot be overestimated. I won’t go on a road trip without a working radio. And a full set of CDs. And maybe even an iPod. Y’know.
A sense of adventure is quite possibly the most important requirement for a road trip. If you don’t have a sense of adventure, then it’s not a road trip, but just a long drive. For me, my imagination is my sense of adventure. Imagination is so essential to my life. With it, I have no boundaries. And as hokey as it sounds, that makes my life amazing. Anything is possible…and all that mumbo jumbo.
Now that we have the car ready to go with our essentials, we’re ready to pack and head out. Stay tuned.
And to close it out…our quotable quote of the day: “Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.” – Jon Bon Jovi