So! Two weeks ago… probably three now… I moved. I now live in the beautiful state of North Carolina where I have wanted to live since I was but a child. I am SO grateful to be here! TOO GRATEFUL! I just can’t thank God enough for this opportunity, this time, and this BEAUTY! I am SO thankful for all He has done in my life, and I am too thrilled to share the opportunity with YOU, so… hold me to it! Make sure I never forgot to involve you in my journey. (You can do that by commenting on the journey, sharing your thoughts, asking questions, and tapping in!!!)
Let’s start at the beginning…
On Saturday, May 18th, 2019, Regina and I woke up ‘fo dawn in the morning (as they say). My plan was to get us up as early as possible so we could arrive by 6p. [Our hostess(es) wanted to treat us to dinner, so I planned for us to arrive in timely enough a manner for that. (That didn’t happen at all, but we’ll get to that point.)]
We left Regina’s house at 6:06a, and I was out of Florida 25 mins later at 6:31a.
I’d say that the drive was a bit tedious. It was long. The anticipation of a long drive was more tedious than the actual drive itself. I was tired most of the time but too amp’d to let it get to me.
We left Florida. Then, we were in Georgia.
The same happened when I moved before. I was in Florida. First, I was born and raised in Jacksonville. Then, I moved to Tampa and Orlando. Then, I moved to Atlanta, GA, and here I was again moving from Florida, through Georgia, en route to Carolina.
(Please ignore the fact that I’ve taken these photos while driving. That wasn’t the worst thing about my driving… the worst thing was that my visibility was grossly obstructed by everything I had in the car. YIKES!)
Luckily, I’d spent my unnecessary waking hours finding little gems for us to visit along the way. Our first stop… Smallest Church in America! How appropriate! (We’ll talk about why later.)
I thought it mighty nice to visit such a staple on this journey. I’d never taken this type of road trip before and was happy to make several stops along the way. The next stop was of historical, cultural, and educational significance to me.
Next, we visited the Tuskegee Airman Memorial at Aviation Way in Walterboro, SC.
These two stops really created an awesome welcome and transition for me into the grand state of my new life in North Carolina.
En route to my final destination, we made several more stops in Myrtle Beach to include a helicopter ride, my first visit to a wax museum, and we had a fabulous lunch at Pier 14 on the beach.
The supposedly 8 hour trip took us a WHOOPING 15 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We started at 6a and arrived at 9p!!! I was DEVASTATED! Lawd a mercy! I don’t have a clue how my careful planning ended up waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy outta my mind’s view, but hey! What does it matter? We had a great leisurely trip and experienced many wonderful things along the way. I’ve been saying that I am glad I did it that way, but that I would not do it that way again if I had a do-over, yet as I write this post… I probably would do it the same way if I could. I would take my time. I would get lost in time, and I would be a-okay with that in the end.
I think that’s a good summary of how my life has happened for the past several years anyway. Things I’d planned and put on a timeline happened nothing like my mind’s view. I got caught up and distracted by my own limited view of certain events and often missed the value of where the road had taken me and how. I missed the moment to enjoy the leisure that life tried so hard to provide. I made a project out of everything and found little benefit in resting easy.
Well, I’m off that train now and I moved to a space in life where I must find benefit in the casual things, in the breath-taking, time-extending benefits of the journey that God has placed me on. If I don’t, I’ll not be able to create unforgettable experiences along the way and invite others along for the ride.
So, I guess instead of saying I moved… I guess I find more benefit in saying, “When I moved, you moved.”
Just like that.
(To be continued…)