We are headed to Atlanta for a week so my husband can play music with some old and new friends with which he has been collaborating online for the past few months.
When he retired a few months ago, our goal was to pursue our art. To make family, learning and creative expression the driving forces in our lives.
This trip is part of that. He will practice and prepare to record some tracks this fall. The kids and I will visit a gold mine and hike near the Appalachian Trail. And then we will swim and play Mexican dominoes and do some school work in the hotel. This is the life we were envisioning. And it is happening.
I recently completely my manuscript proposal and am currently looking for representation. I have worked hard articulating my message and writing (and writing) and accepting critical feedback. I am extending my circle of connections and feel like I am in an incubator of creative generation. This is the life I was envisioning. And it is happening.
Driving north we hit continuous storm cells. Rainstorms in Florida are intense and exhausting. For the better part of 2 hours we had severely limited visibility. We could not see where we were going, but every once in a while there was a brief respite and we could see that we were indeed covering ground and moving forward. We had to rely on the road lines, the flashing emergency lights of those around us and the sun making the thick grey clouds glow.
Our drive this morning was a good metaphor for the bigger journey we are on. In reality, we have no idea what we are doing. We can not clearly see the big picture and there is no known outcome. But what began as a bold leap of faith has already provided a huge payoff and as we recalibrate our inner compass we know that wherever we end up, we will be in friendly territory.
The truth is, we are all on a road headed somewhere. The key is to make sure we are headed in a direction we choose. And then we can keep waiting for those blissful clear skies.
What about you? What are you driving towards right now in your life? Where are you headed?