When you have the opportunity to go on a trip or “get away” for a long weekend, where are your favorite places to visit? My first thought had always been to hop on a plane and travel to a place as far away as possible, thinking that distance would make me feel more relaxed and that I was taking a true vacation. While I still love traveling and exploring the world, I have also discovered the joy of “escaping” in my own backyard by discovering charming small towns to spend time in and explore!
So first I need to disclose the fact that since starting this post on friendships, I’ve naturally rediscovered the song “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Yup, this song has been playing on repeat in my head, along with visions of our beloved characters from Friends falling onto that big comfy couch in the middle of the city. While I have never blissfully danced around a big beautiful fountain with my friends (although this is totally a life goal), we have had some pretty amazing experiences together throughout the years. But what happens when you or one of those friends moves or no longer lives close by, and that convenience of just “popping over” or meeting at the coffee shop is no longer a possibility? While saying goodbye to a close friend can cause heartache and uncertainty, we do have some control over what happens with these friendships. Sometimes our long-distance friendships can even become some our closest relationships!
My life is composed of thousands of musical notes. Each of these notes has been carefully placed in a particular rhythm and tune to make up the moments of my life. There are musical notes that I have created on my own, and then there are certain musical notes that have been placed in my life’s song by certain influential people in my life. One of the most important people who has placed some this music in my life’s song is my dad.
The seasons arrive each year with their own unique puzzle pieces. The music, the feel of the air, the holidays, the food, and the activities can be put together to create memories from these four distinct times of the year. Growing up I remember feeling so excited for the next one to begin! Summer was always extra special though. Summer has its own song, its own feeling, its own language. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with summer, and an urge to create, experience, and reconnect with yourself and with others.
Of all the advice that I received as I approached my wedding day, it seemed as though nothing was stressed more than the concept of time and just how quickly it passes by on this particular day.
No goal or thought is impossible, and the journey that you plan is how you spend the days of your life. Your goal trips can become some of your favorite memories! It’s all about, “getting there,” and learning about yourself in the present moment as you take the steps to reach your dreams.
“Statistics prove that you have one birthday,
one birthday every year
But there are three hundred and sixty-four unbirthdays
Precisely why we’re gathered here to cheer!”
-The Mad Hatter and The March Hare from “Alice In Wonderland” (The Unbirthday Song)
“If we could sit together a moment
and talk forever just to pass the time…”
-Owl City (Meet You There)
“Every moment in your life is a chance to get it right
Any moment you are living in
You could turn it on like a light.”
-Third Eye Blind (Monotov’s Private Opera)
“It seems strange
How we used to wait for letters to arrive
But what’s stranger still
Is how something so small can keep you alive.”
-The Arcade Fire (We Used To Wait)