I have always had a desire to take off, to see the world and to be irresponsible. In my twenties, I toyed with the idea of taking off for California. I wanted to drive the Pacific Highway and be free. Free from bills and responsibilities and free from adult life after college and from the pain of ending of a high school sweetheart relationship, but I didn’t do it. I did not want to disappoint my family and friends, so I got a job and kept plugging along.
I was lucky though. Through the years, I was able to travel and see many parts of the world. I went with my family and with my husband at the time, then with a new relationship and with my children. I know that I am lucky that I have had the opportunities that I have had. My love for travel and seeing new places is also part of who my children are, either by nature or by nurture.
Short trips and adventures here and there have helped with my desire, but the impulse to “see the world” stays with me in the bad times as well as the good. The inclination to just take off seems to be getting stronger, the older I get. Perhaps it is that fear that soon I will be too old and would not be able to do it. How do I balance my need to be responsible with my desire to run? Is that even a possibility?
As much as I can’t afford it right now, I hopped in my car with my children today to travel to New York. I took vacation days from work, and I am not spending money on flying and renting cars. I will stay at an affordable hotel and eat at inexpensive restaurants. Some might still call this irresponsible, but at least I am not heading for the California Coast.
At least not today!
All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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