Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” –Maria Robinson, American writer
I saw that quote today and instantly loved it. It’s so easy to look backwards and wonder where life went. I have spent a lot of time lately in that land of thinking. I love exploring new places and would always seek out a new place to visit for a weekend, or longer if I could, but for the last too many years those weekends were replaced with a day trip here and there. I blamed it on working too much and yes, that was part of it as working multiple jobs obviously makes it harder to get away but now looking backwards I wonder why I allowed that to be in my way instead of planning those trips into my busy schedule, especially since I love to travel. A young, smart girl I worked with this winter said something that hit me. “You have to make time for travel.” And that is true. I could have easily decided to stay home this weekend and get caught up on laundry, that ever growing pile of mail and magazines, paint those baseboards etc. and thought, “I’ll go next weekend” but lately I have had too many reminders that life can be short and I remembered what this girl said and that I have to make time for travel. I made a lot of time for travel while I was in school and for years after that but then the time seemed to get away.
Time does slip away but just as the quote says, I can’t go back and change it but I can change forward. Spending the weekend away doing some of my favorite things reminded me about how much I miss doing it on a more regular basis. I guess it’s like any habit. Planning a weekend and packing the car for a camping trip used to be easy and second nature. It was a habit. That’s a habit that I plan on getting acquainted with again…