|Joshua Tree National Park, CA|
About a week ago, I started my first cross-country road trip. And doin' it solo too! West coast to east coast. I decided to make this winter adventure so I could start something new for myself, follow my passions and remove myself from bustling city life. Originally I had a plan to meet up with friends along the way and eventually get to Massachusetts by mid March. Unfortunately, I can't control the weather and things don't always work out as we may hope, so I decided that I'll get to my destination when I get there...Ultimately, I am figuring out how to go with the flow, not make a plan, live moment to moment. I packed up my car with all of my belongings (probably way too many to begin with) and started the drive east.
Today marks day 10 into my epic road trip. So far, I've stopped at national parks, hiked beautiful mountains and explored colorful caves. I've camped under the stars. I've driven through several snow storms. I've made new friends and have learned to put myself in temporarily uncomfortable situations to be more independent and accepting of new things. I went snowboarding in fresh backcountry powder. I spent time catching up with my incredibly supportive and loving friends and family. I'm inspired by each one of my friends; seeing everything they have accomplished and how they are transforming into their true, authentic selves. I've experienced the generosity of friends and strangers, making this adventure truly amazing so far.
Even though I am on a solo road trip, I don't feel like I have been alone at any part of this journey. Sometimes I feel lonely, but I gotta remember to "love the one that never leaves you." I'm learning to listen to my inner road trip guide, rather than absorbing energies of whoever I'd be traveling with. I am figuring out how to trust myself. To live with uncertainty and to be OK with that. I am opening my heart and it feels perfect.