I can finally share what my one-way plane ticket was for. I have recently returned from a cross-country road trip of epic proportions.
A few weeks back a friend of mine let me know they were making the trip and asked if I wanted to come with them. They know what’s been happening in my personal life the past few months and they presented it as an opportunity to get away from home for a few days, with a good friend, a change of scenery and lots of junk food. How great does that sound? At best I get a road trip across the country with one of my best friends and at worst I get a road trip across the country with one of my best friends. So I said yes.
I bought a one-way ticket across the country on a discount airline with a coupon code that I had from a flight I took last summer(I was rescheduled and rerouted four times so they gave me a discount code for future purchase ‘because of the inconvenience’). Altogether, the flight itself was quite cheap, which I was happy about.
So, with a plane ticket in hand, I threw a couple outfits into a suitcase, got on a plane and my friend picked me up when I landed. Then, we left.
We drove during daylight and stopped to sleep when darkness fell. We spent the trip driving through some of the vastest, most scenic, breathtaking landscapes the world could present the eyes and made fast friends with diner folk in small towns along the way. The weather across the country fluctuated from -19 to +12 degrees celsius, and there were varying amounts of snow and ice along the way. We actually got quite lucky, though, and the universe blessed us with clear highways the whole trip, making for easy driving, despite the winter conditions.
When you’re an adult, it always feels just a little bit more important when you get the chance to catch up with a long-time friend and spend time together. In our case, my friend and I have the type of relationship where we truly can talk about anything without judgement. We spent hours chatting about life and love, politics and world events, the best and worst things we’ve ever done, religion, therapy, trauma, where we thought we’d be versus where we are, and so much more. Our conversations would transition from human rights violations to investment portfolios, for example. It might not make sense to others, but it worked. Yes, there were definitely some dull moments, but we chose to fill those moments with stupid YouTube videos and 90’S music. I may have used up all of my data for the month in one trip, but I don’t care.
Canada is absolutely beautiful.
Friends that you can be yourself with are an incredible gift.
A change of scenery was very much needed, even if it was temporary. I know I’ll be moving soon enough, so I now have that to look forward to.
Anyways, that’s all for now. I must go back to work.