My first journal entry. The first entry in the journal. For the trip. The trip journal. Which I am journaling in. Here we are.
Sitting on the precipice of an adventure you’ve been sitting on for more than 7 years is nothing to huff at. In a way, you could say TSS is something I’ve wanted for even longer than that. I can’t say the exact moment when the idea came to me, but I remember being 11 years old and wanting to travel all over the country and see how other people lived, so at least 11 years I’ve been waiting for this summer.
Right now, I’m on the road, cheating. Today it’s actually February 16, technically 91 days until we hit the road. We’re coming home from my grandfather’s funeral in south Florida. It’s been a good weekend spent with family, and remembering that even with distance, something like this can pull us all together.
In a way, that’s what TSS is, or a least part of what it is. We’re all separated by some distance, be it physical or emotional or financial or social, or whatever. What we have to find is something to tie us together. No one’s ever going to agree with everyone 100% of the time, but we can always find some common ground, and learn to get along.
Admittedly, that’s the most “hippy dippy” thing that may have ever come out of my mouth (or fingers, whatevs), but especially after this weekend, I believe it to be very true. And maybe we need a little more of that “hippy dippy feel good crap” these days.
There’s no shame in getting along.
I have a hard time remembering that from time to time. The Panik family can be pretty….okay, we’re all super bull-headed and stubborn. We don’t like to admit defeat, and we crave being right at any cost, so for me, forcing myself to find common ground with some people can be hard.
So let’s challenge each other, in an age when we all want to be right and don’t concern ourselves with what other people need or want, to try understanding this week. Find common ground. Work at it. Don’t expect people to immediately respond to that. Keep at it. Be understanding whether the other person is or not.
If nothing else, just try to be understanding. That could make all the difference.
“Bad Habit” – The Kooks
“Riptide” – Vance Joy
“If You Wanna Stay” – The Griswolds
“Life Underwater” – Flagship
“Wasted Hours” – Arcade Fire