When we first started this year of traveling around America, it seemed we were constantly moving from one attraction to the next. Big city to big city, must-see to must-do, our days were stuffed full of life experiencess we were afraid to miss. We didn’t expect that pace to last once school started, and it didn’t. Now we move more slowly and some weeks we do little more than work, school, and hanging out – just like we would if we were still living in a McMansion in a Central Florida suburb.
We spent an entire week in Mobile, Alabama and the only tourist attraction we saw was the USS Alabama. We had planned to tour the ship in the morning and the town in the afternoon, but decided after a lunch of fresh seafood at Felix’s Fish Camp to just head home and relax. That decision was a mark of progress for us.
We didn’t worry about what we should be seeing.
We didn’t stress about what we’d been told we had to do.
We considered nothing more than how the four of us wanted to spend our time together.
One of the things I wanted to learn during this year was how to live by our own values. I wanted to be able to separate our core priorities from the obligations we mindlessly pick up like gum on the bottom of our shoe, totally unaware of whose gunk is keeping us stuck. It’s encouraging to see signs that we’re getting it – and not just getting it, but doing it.
My happiness this week came from moving at my own pace.
Where did yours come from?
I made a calendar, by the way, and a bumper sticker you can purchase to show you’re own commitment to happiness – or just because you want to throw a couple of bucks in our gas tank. Check them out at our Zazzle store.