Life is a journey by car

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.

I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

 

There’s a lot to be said for driving. And it’s not just the natural optimism that comes from the simple fact that you’re in motion. For me I find, particularly at times when I’m unhappy or under a lot of stress, that it gives me a refuge. A haven that’s to be found in the comfortable space between A and B. A place of respite where you can suspend everything while you travel. It’s almost Zen like. To forget oneself is to be happy. Enjoy the lack of control you have to change what made you sad at A and will still be waiting for you when you reach B. Focus on all the aspects of your journey one at a time to the exclusion of everything else. Because the relief to be found isn’t in passivity. It doesn’t do to be still. Like water, we need to move or we stagnate. We need to have purpose. The comfort comes because you’re doing some simple, mechanical task but that’s necessary and worthwhile. Concentrate on the road, the way you drive through the bends, the signals, the other cars, note objects and places in the landscape, listen to the song that’s playing on your stereo, or else deliberate on the engine noise, the sound and feel of the rushing wind through an open window, and the silence. Concentrate solely on your driving. Allow all other thoughts and concerns to drift to the periphery of your consciousness. Enjoy the miles. Hide inside the space between A and B. Create sanctuary. Drive.

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3 comments

  1. technomist · May 27, 2012

    You can get a similar effect gardening.

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  2. guinnessorig · June 13, 2012

    I’ll try that when I’m scything the nettles in the back garden!

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  3. deleted user · August 28, 2012

    If my life would be compared to a car on a journey, I’d have to be an Acura. They’re lean, mean, fast and elegant all at the same time. It rides smooth and has that crisp sensation in terms of handling. That’s what my life is all about know.

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