During the holiday season, it seems we all end up having to do some extra traveling, either to visit friends and family or to take advantage of the days off from school or work for a bit of fun. And just like life, there are many paths from which to choose that will take you to your destination.
Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that my husband will always avoid the direct route. The direct route takes us through local streets, riddled with traffic signals. In order to avoid the lights, he will – nine times out of ten – choose the highway. In my opinion, the benefit of no red lights is cancelled out by the extra travel time required to get to the highway in the first place. So, why not take the direct route? It’s not like we were in a huge hurry to get there. No prizes for the fastest travel time. No competition.
Now, I understand travel time competition. I was a freight dog, after all. As several of us would leave for the same destination at once, we invariably jockeyed for departure position and called the airport in sight fifty miles out hoping to get visual clearance to land ahead of our rivals. We taunted each other on a company frequency, and generally did whatever it took to be first. But what did it really earn us? Well, besides a ton of fun and bragging rights? We ended up at the same place at roughly the same time. It would have happened anyway no matter if played along or not. So, why not enjoy the ride? In our own way, that’s what each of us is doing: making the trip interesting.
My own journey as a writer has not been a direct route by any stretch of the imagination. And it certainly has not been a cruise on the freeway. More like a Sunday drive through the countryside with the top down, sun warming my windblown hair, and my only goal to discover what lay around the next bend. Along those same lines, I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for me, and I’m excited to be able to share it with you here.
Thank you for reading, and please hang around for more. As they say: the world is round, right? We’ll get there. So, let’s go for a ride!