I just got back from a weekend road trip and my brain isn’t working very well. I wanted to tell you another pay it forward story and why we just spent three days digging a playground out of a school, loading it in trucks, and driving it home, but everything I try to write comes out wrong.
After a pulling a 16 foot trailer for five hundred miles, my legs are wobbly and my mind is a blur. Still, I do blog posts on Tuesdays, so I’m writing.
Here are some thoughts the trip inspired.
- Things are seldom what they seem. Each experience is layered, onion-like, and the best parts are rarely on the surface. The only problem is that we often move too fast to appreciate what’s beneath.
- When stereotypes are shattered, people grow.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone to make someone happy pays off in ways you would never expect.
- The desert is achingly beautiful.
- Never drink three cups of coffee before getting on the road if your gas tank is full.
- Road trips are great for deep conversations and problem solving.
- You know a friend is true if she will sit in a restaurant for hours waiting for you to show up and is still smiling when you arrive.
- Do not set a time to meet when you’re on the road. Things happen even with the best laid plans.
- Never drink whiskey in a hot tub, even if it’s your birthday, after twelve hours in the sun.
- Holding hands with your love while driving puts book launches and deadlines in their proper perspective.
Hope you all had a great weekend. If you did something special, let me know.