Have you ever been on a roadtrip? Roadtrips are fun.
Here are the things which I think make a good roadtrip:
You are together with the people whom you love and love you.
If you are with the people who make your heart smile, then that love makes any journey worthwhile. It doesn’t even matter much where you go or even if you arrive, because the love you seek is already here with you in the people you love.
Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
– Franklin P. Jones
Seeing all these magnificent sights in nature alone is incomplete. Christopher John McCandless whose life was shown in the movie Into the Wild and a novel with the same name, has realized something important right before he died in his solitary sojourn into the woods:
Happiness is only real when shared.
– Christopher John McCandless
Christopher went out into the woods alone, and he realized what makes a great roadtrip is sharing with the people you love and who love you. Next time you want to go out running into the woods alone, I suggest you learn about Christopher’s story.
There is no fixed destination…
There are desired destinations, but there is a certain openness to what may happen.
When you break up any expectations that the roadtrip should happen this way or that way, there is a certain openness that frees the Universe to flow its energies to you more freely.
When you have no expectations of what should happen, there is no possibility for disappointment. When you leave that space for uncertainty and embrace it, you become awake to life’s mystery.
Like a sailor who directs the masts and sails, but does not control the winds and the waves. Such is dynamic interplay of will and circumstance.
…and no rush to get to anywhere.
A roadtrip may have possible desired destinations, but there is no rush to get to them. The focus is in the present moment and enjoying where one is.
If we hurry and go towards a destination, we are taking away the best part, which is the roadtrip we are having now.
In a roadtrip, we are always in the midst of travelling. Destinations are merely part of the roadtrip.
Happiness is then found along the way, not at the end of the road. We don’t even know if we could even reach the end of the road.
This quote just about sums the roadtrip attitude:
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
– Lao Tzu
These insights of course do not just apply to any particular roadtrip, but the great roadtrip of life itself.
I hope you are enjoying your roadtrip. Have a great one.