Thursday, October 6, 2011
When I first moved to your hometown, I was an alien.
I didn't know where I was, where I was going, or where I might end up. But I did know who I was and what I could do.
It used to piss your Mom off so much, but long before you two were born I would talk her into taking rides with me every Saturday morning. Long rides into wherever we ended up. Journeys.
She always told me I was insane. She was probably right.
We would get in the truck and follow asphalt. It really didn't matter where it led nor where it intended to lead us. We would find roads, lanes, valleys, highways, anything really. We would just drive.
I especially loved it in the Fall. With the windows down and the early morning sun snaking its way across the road, it always felt like goodness. Seeing people living their lives in their front yards. Getting stuck behind an old farmer on his tractor who waved at you when you sped up to pass him on a straight stretch. These were, are still, and will forever be... good things.
I've always done that. I still do. I always will.
I'll tell you a secret that most folks would never admit... sometimes you have to get lost to figure out where in the hell you actually are.
Always go and find where you're going. Never wait for where you're going to come and find where you are.
It helps to be lost, actually. So get there.