I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” – Jack Kerouac
Have you ever had a moment where you just wanted to say “screw it” and simply get away? Have you ever wanted to just start driving and not think about turning back?
Have you maybe reached a point in life where you wanted to completely disconnect and connect with only the road and whatever song was blasting on the radio?
Well, what is it that’s stopping you?
It could be careers, school, relationships, family, or other responsibilities; the list of potential reasons why you simply cannot just leave can truthfully go on forever.
It’s true that in our twenties we need to start to get our shit together, start checking off our boxes, keep keeping our promises, and exceed our own expectations and those of others.
Well while that’s all fair and just…It’s also somewhat obligatory to be selfish sometimes.
Sometimes you truly just need to (and should) let loose. Sometimes the only way you can actually keep your shit together is by doing something spontaneous just for yourself.
So why not — just this once — actually say “screw it,” pack your bags, grab your girlfriends, and take the impromptu road trip you’ve only ever casually talked about at your (routine) Friday happy hours.
But the most important step? You put your entire life in drive (and not just your car).
It’s essential you take life by the reigns and forge your own path on the pavement. Sometimes you have to do this without too much thinking in order for life to really happen. Sometimes you have to do this simply for yourself.
My point is, you have to put yourself in the driver’s seat, and you have to take control of the direction your destiny is going. Put yourself out on the open road and see where your heart is going to take you. Do this before monotony gets to you.
Sometimes life just gets to be too much. We feel like we’re falling behind, or were getting too comfortable. Maybe we have no idea what we want when we once thought we had everything.
It honestly it could be anything… but whatever you’re thinking, there’s a cure out there somewhere on the corner of serendipity and possibility.
There are world record holders to see, a house made of paper, a museum full of Jell-O, a house made of paper, a home made of beer cans, and a plot with Cadillacs sticking out of it to see out there on the open road.
Just know that there is no perfect path, no ideal list to check off, and no trip without a wrong turn. But there is life out there and it’s about time you just said “screw it” and went out to find it.
So think about it once more, what’s stopping you? Study early. Take the vacation day. Send your mother pictures from the road. Tell bae this is good for your relationship. Put your out of office email on. And again, what’s actually stopping you?
Take the spontaneous road trip. Drive. Sing with the windows down. Find yourself. Discover America. And maybe when you come back home, everything will have changed. Or maybe it hasn’t, but it sure as hell will look different.
“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” ― Jack Kerouac