the evolution of a full day’s drive, when dissected, can seem to mirror an entire life.
you rise early: greet the day with excitement, energy, even a certain zest envied by those already far into their travels.
as you take off, you greet a cast of imaginary characters – from the purple squirrel that jumps trees and telephone poles to scamper alongside your car, to the alligators & gladiators fighting it out in the clouds.
but the games wear off, you grow up a bit, & the little things get to you: speed traps, traffic jams, pit stops, drivers who don’t understand the importance of keeping your cruise control steady.
in these congested valleys, you learn to find joy in the easy conversation, imagining alternate lives for the people passing you by, wondering what life is like in their bubble, and enjoying the safe, contained feeling of speeding along with someone you love.
sometimes you’re the driver: in control and on display. as your legs cramp and your back aches, a kind soul steps in to offer relief, and you ride shotgun for a while, grateful for the support & time of rest.
from this spot you can appreciate the beauty of the drive – the secret ponds and awe-inspiring vistas, viewable for only a moment, but full of so much peace.
soon the moon rises, joining the day for just long enough to hint at what’s to come.
and as the darkness turns your surroundings to black, a mask of light covers your eyes, reflecting the joys of the past.
this week, choose to see that joy before it lives only in the rear-view mirror. embrace the stretch of road you’re driving.
*i promise my goal is to write more often that only mondays (oops!), but oh how i’m lovin’ these mondays – join me in redeeming this most-underappreciated day, will you?*