Life On The Road
Smile – you’re on your way! At last, all the dreaming, planning, organizing and running around has come to a glorious point and you are at long last ‘traveling’. You’re living the dream. And what a dream it is… But before we all get carried away, it’s essential to get some balance back into the equation. It’s the middle path of moderation that you need sometimes…
For example: expectations about the whole traveling gig can, on occasion, get too high. It can certainly be fun and amazing but it’s never consistently so. Sometimes it’s tiring when the bus trip threatens never to end. Sometimes it’s frustrating when you have had no problems with security throughout your entire journey, and all of a sudden you’re asked to unpack every last bit of underwear you possess without being told why. Sometimes it’s frightening when you wonder if you will be run off the road by a wild truck that is dangerously overloaded. Sometimes you need every bit of your patience while you come to your wit’s end waiting for some anonymous department bureaucrat to issue you a visa or ticket. Sometimes you experience every emotion in the book when you are caught in a bureaucratic tangle having lost your passport or baggage. Delayed flights, bad weather, even natural disasters, can all become part of the experience when you travel.
“Remember: The road is there to share but the code of the road is up to each person to divine for herself.
Many events or ‘happenings’ will test you when you’re on the road; however, that is what you’ve chosen to do.
There are always consequences of putting your hand up!
The best way to get through any rough patch when you’re away is to simply try to bear it without completely falling apart or losing your composure. Think: I have all the time in the world. This [delay/problem/issue/annoyance/intrusion/theft/disaster] is happening for a reason – maybe it’s for the best – and maybe I have something to learn, or there is something else I still have to do here, (or someone I still have to meet).
You can only ever be certain of one thing: you may never know the real reason why ‘stuff happens’.
Remember: The road is there to share but the code of the road is up to each person to divine for herself.
Photographer: Geraldine Mills