Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summertime, and the livin' is easy...

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..."

Summer is great for a lot of things. Popsicles. Aviator sunglasses. Wiggling your toes in the freshly mowed grass. Endless starry nights. Beaches. Daisies. Having supper on the patio. Campfires. S'mores. Driving with the windows rolled down.

Or summertime is maybe simply a time to get out of the house and just go. Somewhere. Anywhere. A break from the normal daily routine of life.

I use the summer to get up and "go somewhere." I love driving - it's therapeutic, I tell you. It's a good way to take some time and think, with only you, your tunes, and the open road stretching before you. Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." I think we can all relate to a time when we ended up somewhere unexpected that was not our initial destination. More often than not, that journey - the actual act of traveling - becomes one of our most sacred memories.

This summer I will be driving out to Montana - a drive of almost 10 hours. It's relaxing for me to watch the passing scenery on routes that are open and expansive. With the mountains in the distance and driving up and down the hills, it almost feels like flying. Even though I will be excited to reach my destination (as we almost always are!), I am looking forward to enjoying the journey and simply the opportunity "to go," as Stevenson puts it.

This summertime, I encourage you to "travel not to go anywhere, but to go." Enjoy it. In the comments below, write about your travels and/or the things you love about summer.

Let's go somewhere.

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