Road Rube Diaries: Entry #1

Long road with jacket strapped

You’re already there…enjoy the ride

The journey is the destination.

It’s easy to say it. But it’s not necessarily easy to live it.

As a kid I would sit in the back seat of the car turning green from my dad’s pipe smoke and motion sickness wondering how much longer it would take to get to grandma’s house or to the amusement park. Of course, we’d get to the amusement park and ride the scrambler for more motion-activated dry heaves. Sometimes I got dry heaves at grandma’s house for entirely different reasons, but I digress…

I was always focused on the destination.

Are we there yet?

…I realized that the key to life didn’t necessarily lie with where I was going, but how I was getting there.

In my free time as a kid I would go outside and drive a tractor or a mini-bike, hell, I’d even drive the lawn mower around just for fun. So as I got older, I realized that the key to life didn’t necessarily lie with where I was going, but how I was getting there.

A buddy of mine years ago got a job in Fairbanks, Alaska and he asked me to take two weeks to share the driving duties and to enjoy the scenery along the way. I went to the editor of the newspaper I was working for and asked for two weeks off, even though I didn’t have that much vacation time saved up. I was willing to take the time off without pay. He said I couldn’t leave for that long so he vetoed my request. I reached down into the bag I had with me and laid my resignation on his desk.

Call it an adventurous spirit or just being an idiot. The choice was simple for me.

We drove through the flattest part of the Earth I could imagine – I saw the curvature of the Earth on the horizon, we drove through incredible scenery in Banff and Jasper, we drove until it hurt…and we were half way there.

We just needed to be where we were…and take the time for good-looking women to ask us things that entertained our 20-something dirty minds.

My brain couldn’t wrap itself around the fact that we were only halfway through the journey and I began to go stir crazy. But then a simple question from a cute young lady snapped me back into reality and reminded me to enjoy the journey.

What was the question? Would you like to take a bath?

Okay, we stopped at some hot springs and the cute young lady was asking if we wanted to dip ourselves into the hot springs, but it is a reminder that we didn’t need to be in Fairbanks to experience awesome things. We just needed to be where we were…and take the time for good-looking women to ask us things that entertained our 20-something dirty minds.

So, that brings me to the present.

I still ramble across the country just for the sake of rambling.

And I’m rambling on here in this post to share one of the little secrets to Zen.

Enjoy the ride.

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