This blog post is dedicated to my Facebook friend, and ALS warrior, Tammy. May you be joyful as you continue on your journey, no matter where it takes you.
Last month, my husband and I traveled West in our new(ish) RV. We made a stop in Missouri, then on one side of Kansas, then the other side of Kansas, then Colorado, and finally, New Mexico. Then back home through Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and finally arriving in Indiana. It was an adventure. It was our first trip in the RV, being the second owners, so we found things we wanted to change, and a few things we have to fix. We had a travel trailer years ago, so it was not all totally new to us, but it was all new to our 95+lb., five year old Lab mix dog who we took with us. He adjusted fairly well, and loved his new bed, and all the vacation food, but he preferred to squeeze into the 12 inch space beside the bed to sleep, instead of his spacious and comfy bed. It was quite a sight.
We probably should have taken a shorter trip for the first trip out. That way we wouldn’t have been clear across the country when we realized that we needed to order a new converter (don’t ask me what that is, but apparently it’s very important). But, we did have an adventure! It’s just that adventures aren’t always great, amazing trips without a single problem. We had to cut our trip short and come home early. So our adventure ended up being more about the journey, and less about the destination. But, isn’t that how it should be? Isn’t that just life? I had always wanted to visit New Mexico, so that was the end goal. So many people plan on reaching some sort of goal and they are sure they will find enjoyment in the achievement of that goal, like a new home, or retirement. But, they end up just working themselves into a serious illness, or to death trying to achieve their goals, planning to be happy one day in the future, instead of just enjoying the journey and finding happiness in the every day. I used to do the same thing, until ALS woke me up and made me start paying attention to the journey and not just the destination. Because you never really get to your destination. You may achieve a goal, but then, don’t you just have another goal to achieve (hopefully)? And another? And another, and so on and so on, and it never really ends. I would say that even at death, it is about the journey, because your trip has not ended, but just continues on in another dimension (otherwise known as Heaven). We usually refer to death as an ending. But, I know that we are really just living somewhere else. There is no ending, just the journey. Many, many religions believe that you take many journeys through more than one lifetime. I am apt to believe this, because how can a person accomplish anything in just one short lifetime? I have trouble believing that God only gives you between one and one hundred short years to experience life in the vast amount of time of Earth’s existence, but… that’s a whole other blog post! Do whatever you can to find enjoyment on your journey, and don’t worry so much about your destination. Enjoy each and every day.