What do you do when life challenges you in unexpected ways? You drive a U-haul across the country, leaving behind life as you know it.
Unexpectedly I found my life shift and change, forcing me to make decisions that I did not want to make. I realized that life is unpredictable.
Driving a 20-foot U-haul and towing my car behind was completely out of my comfort zone. My friend and travel companion reminded me to breathe as I began the journey driving the wrong way into rural mountains with no place to turn around. I white-knuckled the steering wheel as I drove further into the unfamiliar mountain range.
For four days, we were enchanted by the beauty of New Mexico, laughed across the state of Texas and wanted to kill each other in the cattle fields of Kansas, but we survived the journey recognizing that our adventure together was a test of strength, endurance, and patience. We ate Chinese food every night in Super 8 Hotels along the way and saw Dorthy’s house from the Wizard of Oz.
We survived the journey together and I have surrendered to the fact that I will probably make more unexpected journeys in my lifetime, and that’s ok. I no longer hold onto a false sense of security as life is truly an illusion. What feels safe, isn’t, and what feels fearful is safe. Life is a paradox.
I could have stayed in one place my entire life, but then I think about all the people I would not have met and all the experiences I would not have had, both good and bad. Not that I have chosen all of my life changes, on the contrary, most of them were forced upon me, but I no longer fight them, but accept that I am being guided to a new place, a new experience or back to a familiar place where I am to resolve the past. Wherever life takes me, it will be a journey…