Friday, November 3, 2017

the road is long

1,825 miles, 3 days, 7 states…I have landed in Denver, CO for the night. I meant to blog every night on this trip out west but my first day on the road I drove 10 hours, the second day, 12 hours… and by the time I got to my hotels, I was exhausted and not in the mood to write. 

Today was 7.5 hours on the road. It seemed to go slower than yesterday, but I think I was still tired from the day before and little (hardly any) sleep. However, the long days have been well worth it because I am so anxious to be in Park City.  

I think my favorite part of traveling west these past 2 years is the people that I have met along the way. Everyone I meet has a completely different story. I love hearing where people come from and how they got to where they are today. Somewhere I once read that to be interesting, you need to be interested. I find that to be very true. The more questions you ask, the more you learn. Asking people about their lives always seems to broaden my perspective on humankind. 

However, I’m beginning to realize that the people I admire most are the ones who took a chance at one point in their life. Whether that be a career, school, love, or simply, just followed their passion. Taking a risk and/or making a huge life change involves confidence, courage and really, taking a gamble on yourself. BeyoncĂ© (who I’m not a huge fan of—sue me!!) was once quoted, “I don't like to gamble, but if there's one thing I'm willing to bet on, it's myself.” That’s kind of where I’m at in life. What I was doing back home wasn’t working out so well for me (at least not in the direction I wanted to be going) and uprooting my life and moving west was something always in the back of my mind. Now, I’m on my way. People have said to me, “Oh, Laura you're so brave.” Yeah, maybe…but that doesn’t mean I don't get scared. I still walk into the unknown every single day. It was just Wednesday night when I was in Columbus on the phone with my dad, crying and wondering if I made the right choice. 

Truth is, I won’t know if I made the right choice until I’m out there living it. I’m moving to city where I know absolutely no one. I’ve been on the road for three days and I already miss my family like crazy. I have no one to hang out with when I get to Utah, no one to go to dinner with, no one to go out with, no one to have over for wine… it’s terrifying and at times, makes me want to turn around and go home to NY when I think about it too hard. 

“Most of the time, the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you'll get everything you wished for. Maybe, you'll get more than you ever could've imagined. Who knows where life will take you, the road is long, and in the end... the journey is the destination.” —Coach Whitey Durham

Yes, I just quoted Coach Whitey Durham from One Tree Hill…but that’s what I’m living by right now. I keep reminding myself that I want my life to change more than I want it to stay the same…even if it means being uncomfortable for a while. 

Here’s to discomfort…….and good wine when the discomfort gets a bit too discomforting!

Keep on keepin’ on, my friends—
XX, Laura 

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