For anyone who may have missed me recently, I moved again. It seems like many people are moving these days. My move was because the property where I was living is being sold. Other people I know are moving to take new jobs, are selling their homes and some even losing their homes to foreclosure. It’s a time of change, spring seems to bring that on…
In my case, the move is temporary, just getting through until the end of the school year for my teenage son. This is his last year before high school in our area. Translation, this is the last year I’ll have his attention as a child before he transmutes into his next phase. Parents, you know what I mean!
So, after school gets out, he and I are going on the road. We’ll be visiting people we have missed and places we have not been for a while. Going to see my Mom at the Jersey shore is the first stop. We also have planned a visit to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. I believe it’s a right of passage to pay homage to The King. There’s talk of mining for gold and other treasures, fishing at a variety of spots as yet only seen on TV and in magazines, and spending time outdoors, on the road, together.
Does this sound selfish? Sometimes I think it does, but most of the time as I anticipate the months to come, I think this is one of the smartest choices I’ve ever made. Time is short and time with those you love is always way too short. Travel has been a great teacher for me, exposing ideas and lifestyles and cultures I had never imagined, most times completely by surprise. I want to share that sense of exploration and adventure with my son and watch as he is surprised by what life has to offer.
I’m making some big shifts between now and when we leave on our adventure in June. The “stuff” that has followed me is being shed, sold, donated and stored. Only the bare, naked minimum will be packed for this road trip. I’ll probably go through some withdrawals, and have some free time on my hands that I used to spend looking for stuff in the stuff (mostly paper and Ebay inventory LOL) but it’s a good process, letting go. The real challenge will be not to collect more stuff on the road!
If you have a good road story, please share! I’ll be posting more as preparations continue… today, be present!