We left for vacation with great anticipation and excitement. The excitement about the journey itself lasted for a while, but pretty soon, the questions started.
- Are we there yet?
- How much longer?/How long has it been?
- Can we stop?
After these questions have been answered many times over, the questions change from journey questions to destination questions.
- What will we do there?
- What will it be like?
- How long will we stay?
These questions are classic to any travel situation, especially when travelling with children, but they can easily be applied to personal journeys as well. They are much harder to answer when applied to our personal journeys, but the answers may be more important.
Are we there yet?
In order to know if you have arrived, you have to know where you are going. I know it sounds obvious, but we rarely leave on a journey without a clearly defined destination in mind. But often in life, we merely go along the road without a clearly defined direction, destination or goal. Know where your there is.
When we set out on our trip, we knew that the first leg of our journey should have taken 5 hours and the second half of the trip, 4 hours. In reality, each half of our journey took 6 hours. We all remained in good spirits for the delays of that first half. There was an intermediate destination or goal if you will to keep us going. We knew exactly what to expect with the first stop: fun with cousins. We had an intermediate goal on the way to our final destination.
Can we stop?
As the second day of travel began to get long, the altitude higher, but the mountains still not visible, we began to get weary of travelling. Thirty minutes past the “No services next 70 miles”, we needed to move around and regain perspective. So we pulled over on County Road 36 to take pictures, chase iguanas, and have a snack. We felt refreshed, but we did not stay on County Road 36. As we travel toward our goals, sometimes, the progress is too slow, the conditions too rough, and we just want to stop. Take a break and find the beauty of the in-between.
When you are weary, it can be beneficial to rest, refuel, and renew perspective, but do not stay stopped.
What will we do there? What will it be like?
When stopped at our first stop on vacation, we knew what we would do and what to expect. When you are in-between, you may not know exactly what to expect or know what do when you get there. Know that “there” may be different from your expectations. When you get there, plan your next step and keep moving.
How long will we stay?
When talking about journeys and goals and travel, we want to know how long do we get to stay. Sometimes we do not know. There is always moving and growing, going forward and waiting in the in-between. We never know how long we get to stay. It can be a short time before the next in-between.
When you are in the in-between, it can be difficult, but there is beauty to be found.