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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

don dawson inspiration

Today is Tuesday, September 26th in Upstate New York and it is a steamin’ 90 degrees outside. I almost complained about the heat and then I caught myself and thanked God for the heat and not a hurricane (I haven’t forgotten about you Texas, Florida and the Caribbean). 

These past few weeks all I’ve been thinking about is planning another road trip out west. I’ve thought about the East coast—possibly up to Maine or down to the Carolinas—but something keeps pulling me westward. My time on the road last year was the highlight of my 2016. Fast forward almost a year later and it’s still on my mind.  

Sometimes I struggle with the fact that I think my parents want me to settle down and be a bit more established. If I was a traditional gal, then yeah I’d probably do that. However, that just ain’t me.I use to dream of being married at a young age. In fact, it use to be a goal of mine. I wanted to be married before 25, kids around that time and be the cool, hip mom at school. Here I am at 24, with an entire 180 degree change in my thinking. Settling down at this moment in my life just isn't in the cards for me. 

One of my favorite movies is Dazed and Confused. Don Dawson says on the football field, “Well, all I’m saying is that I want to look back and say that I did I the best I could while I was stuck in this place. Had as much fun as I could while I was stuck in this place. Played as hard as I could while I was stuck in this place…” He might be talking about high school, but I like to think that way about life. I want to live as fully as I possibly can while I’m here on this earth. I want to do the best with the life that I was given. I want to follow every dream, every crazy idea that I can. I want to look back on my life when I’m old and know that I lived and loved as hard as I could. Most importantly, I want to be on my deathbed someday with no regrets, no what ifs, no could haves or should haves…I want to be able to say hell ya baby, I lived. 

"There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em." -Kevin Welch

So…the planning begins. 
Stay tuned.

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura