Eyes On The Road

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We are driving home from our quick trip to Indianapolis. The Indy 500 was a fantastic race this year and the fans got more than their money’s worth of action and excitement. We could have done without the excruciating sunburn but the weather and the experience was worth the 12 hour ride. As I watch a place we lived for four years pass away through the rear view mirror, I am reminded of something very important. It doesn’t matter if every magazine in the country ranks a town in the top 10 places to live. It doesn’t matter that a town has a lot of money and great parks and opportunities and great schools. What does matter is how people live and how a family feels in a particular place. If it doesn’t feel good and it’s a place you feel unhappy then it is a blessing to move on. In comparison, Oklahoma is poor. The schools are disappointing. There are not as many opportunities for my kids as a whole, BUT, we have a sense of peace there. We have dropped out of the race of keeping up with the Jones’s and the over scheduling people believe is life. We are balanced and we take time to do some pretty great things. We are not bound by sports or schedules that run our lives, we call the shots. We make the plans. Is Oklahoma a place I would like to spend the rest of my life? Probably not. But right now, my kids are growing fast and we are enjoying spending time with them doing the little things that make the biggest memories. We are where we are supposed to be at the moment. I know that now. No looking back, just eyes on the road enjoying the ride. Who knows what lies ahead? It may be wonderful and I don’t want to miss it because I am too busy looking behind me.

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Are You Spontaneous?

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Sometimes when life gets a little dull, we become dull too. We get lost somewhere in the mundane activities of our every day life and that spark that lives inside of us slowly burns out. One way my husband and myself are alike is we are both spontaneous. Somehow, we are able to skip the stress of wondering how and make the decision to just do it.

So, today we made the decision to hop in the car in a few days and make the long drive to watch the Indy 500. It’s so funny. When I am trapped living in a place, sometimes I lose the beauty and uniqueness that has been there in front if me the whole time. I am excited to go back to a place we spent part of our lives. I am excited to see the people we sadly had to leave behind. It’s the little things I remember like the beautiful sunrises and the the clock towers in the beautiful park. It’s the local burger establishment that put the little faces on your ice cream cone to make it special. Those silly little things stay with you long after you move away. Indiana is a beautiful place. I’m anxious to see if it still looks the same.

One thing is for sure, some of the best made plans can turn disastrous, but our spontaneous trips are always the best. Now to tie up some loose ends, wash some clothes and get the packing done while I wait for this week to come to an end. Soon enough it will be time to jump in the car and be on our way. I have been fortunate to live in so many unique places. Parts of each place are always hard to let go. One lesson I have learned is to make the best of the area, wherever it is, and find the good in it. Every single place has the good and the bad. It’s just which direction you choose to look that makes the most important impact on how you view the place you live. It will be an exciting weekend for sure and I can’t wait to post some pictures.