Road trips and I
Since I was a child, I have no memory of a single long distance road trip that my parents would have taken. I don’t know if they were too lazy to drive, worried about safety or what, but I really couldn’t get the taste of road trips until I moved out to college. When you first think of travelling alone, you feel fear stricken, but eventually, it fades away. As soon as I took a small trip and eventually longer trips one after the other, it had become a primal urge to travel. As you cross highways and river streams, you realize how inexplicable the world is that we eventually lose amidst the hustle of the city life.
Spontaneous and Carefree
The first few travels would be planned, because I didn’t want to make a mistake in an unknown place and of course the “parents” pressure. Then they were spontaneous, either alone, with friends or just a mere stranger. It broadens one’s perspectives and I’d rather say that my mind had never felt free as it did during those trips. Most alone, I took the public transport to travel like the buses. So even if I was alone, I was never really alone.
Most of those confusions and frustrations vanish when one is travelling by road. The reason may not be the people your travel with but the experience you live during that road trip. Food might be an instant fix but to soothe that anxious mind you must wander. Some may find it calming and some find it full of revelations.
Accepting the randomness
Road trips are a metaphor for life, they don’t have a fixed beginning or an end. I never expect much if I am on the road. All I want to do is absorb as much as I can so it stays with me forever. Bad weather, flat tyres, bad food experiences, when none of that begins to matter, is when you have become carefree. There were times when everything I thought about that trip had horribly gone wrong and I was flustered. But the more you let the randomness surprise you, the better the road trip gets. It is all about getting rid of all that ‘monotonous system’ that we are already overwhelmed with in our regular lives.
Travel is food for soul
To the inexplicable, boundless beauty and extends that the road exposes you to is greater than so many different things that we feel otherwise. Those who still haven’t taken a break from their successfully running lives but with some or no content should hit the road and unwind. You don’t necessarily have to travel the world, but even the country you live in is full of an array of majestic landscapes and multiple cultures. Experience those first, it humbles you.
A wish I have
If I could, I’d be back on the road alone and probably discover longer lengths for much longer period of time. Do you need enormous amounts of money to do that? No. All you need to do is hit the road to meet the undiscovered universe.
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