From one fat kid to another
I can fix your relationship, stress, health, life, or (insert your problem here).
Cost less then a $1000.
And all you need is a map.
From here; you will need to follow a few simple steps.
1. Pack your stuff.
- Not a whole lot; 10-14 days worth. Clothes and toiletries. Camping gear of you would like to camp(my favorite).
2. Pick a destination.
- Where do you want to go? We chose Colorado for our last fixer.
- just go...
A few key points:
1. Take no superhighways. Only back roads that run north, south, east, or west.
- the sights you will see are amazing. Old oil towns, cow towns, cotton towns, and many others.
2. Stop at everything that peeks your interest. Their are stories upon stories hidden in the most amazing places!
3. Use a paper map!
- the "old school" map will show you so many cool things you will never see on super highways. Towns with amazing history. People who single handed lay built a town and the town died with them! All the way to old destination sites for Roadtrippers fro, the 40s- 80,s(before the super highways).
4. Make it a throwback vacation!
- I'm talking about vacationing like your parents. No technology! Of course an iPhone in airplane mode for music and safety purposes is fine. But nothing to distract you from the company in your vehicle!
5. FINAL MOST IMPORTANT POINT
- The points above are vital and notably simple. The points below require attention, intention, and purpose.
The purpose of this trip is to disconnect yourself from everything. Using maps keeps emails, texts, and social media, which are really just stress, out of our minds.
We connect with ourselves again. Old folks seem happier for a damn good reason. Their is less shit cluttering their lives. They know who they are.
We connect with our loved ones again. A crazy thing happens when you aren't distracted. It's called conversation. Hours in a car is a wonderful time to reconnect with our spouse, child, self, etc..
We learn to not give a shit. My favorite! Without a schedule, agenda, plan, etc; We allow room for our minds to stop caring about what is not important and focus on the important. Our immediate surroundings.
We learn to love. The more time we spend with something, the more we learn about it; which leads to understanding, appreciation, and acceptance. All aspects of love.
The steps are simple for a reason. No need to complicate them or worry about the what ifs. The what ifs can happen to anyone, and if they do; such is life.
Take these directions and just go. The first few days will be hard, but with in 4 days, you will be having the time of your life and be on the road to fixing all of your problem.
Sappy stuff and the Why behind the article.
I was moved to write this article based on my current travels to Colorado with my only Lady Lindsey and our pups, Laila, and Zeus. Lindsey and I were doing great, but felt it could be better. We were spot on! We followed these points and learn so many things. We learned strengths and weaknesses and how we can use our strength to trump the others weakness making us stronger together and weaker apart. Love. We learned that arguing is just us refusing to listen to the other person. By actually listening and seeking understanding of each other; we learned to communicate. Love. We learned to appreciate the past. The small towns that are empty but full of old relics, showed us the hard times it took to build the country we have the privilege of thriving in. Our past is full of stories that taught us lessons; by remembering all we have learned together, we prevent future mistakes and build a tighter bond. Love.
I don't know truly how to express the experience we had. I do know that it is unique to us and is therefore a beautiful thing. It is sacred.... Love.
Whatever your problem is. Wherever you are lost. The answer is in you. Look at your map, and just Go.