Lessons learnt from the solo road trip!

I wish sometimes, that life would offer an opportunity that is not in disguise.

I can’t remember who said it, but I love it. How often have you felt that you can relate to it? Such was the case when I took a week-long road trip last month.

Things didn’t go as planned. Even the things I did because of the failed plans didn’t work out as expected and I felt somewhat frustrated when I reurned from my trip. It had put a damper on my enthusiasm.

Then, yesterday, I read a post by J.D. Bentley of Wage Slave Rebel about “Slacking Ambitiously” and today I got ambitious. As I reflected upon my lack of enthusiasm since my return from the roadtrip, I came up with some valuable lessons I learned from that road trip.

1. When things don’t go as planned, it is because the Universe has grander plans for you.

As I look back, I realize that every time I wasn’t able to do something as planned, it opened up an opportunity to do something bigger and better, and/or offered me an opportunity to learn a lesson. Other times I was bestowed with an unexpected surprise.

2. Everything you need is there and provided for before you need it

A week before I was to leave, I came across a banner for a program by Dr. Wayne Dyer, and the offer was such that I could not resist clicking on it. I hardly ever do that. I wasn’t expecting the delivery until after I returned from my trip, but the day before I left, it was there. So, I took it with me to listen on the road. I cannot tell you what a blessing it was to listen to him while so many were going “wrong” on the trip. Not only did I keep my sanity because of it, the whole message was very timely for me at this stage in my life.

Then, upon my return, my son asked me to take him to the library. While I was waiting for him to choose the books he wanted, I found It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now by Barbara Sher. The book shed so much light on the trip I had taken and why I wasn’t feeling fulfilled even though I had just returned from a completion of one of my dreams.

3. Nothing is a waste or a mistake, if you learned something from it

When I returned from my trip, at first I felt that the whole thing was a waste and a mistake. But, as I look back, I realize that I have gained experiences and perspectives on life that would not have been possible had I not taken that trip. Now I am more confident about the direction I am moving in (a slight change in direction) with better understanding of what I want to accomplish, and am working on a fresher look for the blog to reflect the change.

4. I want to travel in style

I used the Greyhound Bus system for my road trip because I had used them in the past and had good experience with them. One of the reasons I used the bus, is that I don’t like driving much. You cannot enjoy the scenery while you drive, and I like to get lost in my thoughts as I ponder upon the beauty and that could be dangerous. If I am going to turn into a nomad or a road warrior, I want to do it comfortably and in style. Maybe I’ll buy a Limo and hire a chauffeur, or maybe, get a custom van and let my wife do the driving, because she loves to drive long distances.

5. Eight hours of “Breaking News” will break your spirit.

Twice during my trip, I was stuck in a bus station for extended periods of time. Once in Albuquerque and once in Flagstaff. The bus stations are equipped with large TV sets that broadcast News Channels. You can’t run away from them, because they are everywhere. “Breaking News” were not even news stories. They were speculative commentary on what might have happened and what could happen as a result thereof. After Eight hours of whether or not Michael Jackson’s doctor could have a case in the court and how that compared with OJ Simpson’s case, I was ready to step in FRONT of a bus, rather than stepping onto one.

6. Opportunities are everywhere if you only open your eyes.

I heard people complain about the cramped buses, missed connections and poor rest stops and I thought to myself, “I am sure, if someone can come up with a plan to provide better service in more accommodating buses, there will be enough people who would be willing to pay a bit more for it to make a new bus company profitable.” Any venture capitalists reading the post?

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