As I shared with you earlier this week, I had the opportunity to take a trip out to Arizona with my youngest son for a long weekend. We wanted to see the Grand Canyon and some other sites. I had some airline vouchers, and he had hotel and rental car points. In less than 24 hours, we were on the plane and flying west.
How was this possible? First, I had to be open to the possibility and flexible in my plans and expectations. I didn't have to cancel any important commitments, nor did he, however, I did have to leave my fears, my usual ways of doing things before a trip, and my "I'm too old to be doing this" mentality in the closet and shut the door.
When we started picking out our rental car, I was just looking for a colorful, practical car. I thought a red or blue SUV was living it up. When my son suggested a sports car, and then a bright orange convertible (his status with the rental car company allowed for this), I could feel myself squirm. Why? Maybe I thought I was too old for a convertible? Maybe I felt conspicuous and the ever present, "what will people think?", crept in. Luckily, I was able to say, "Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!" and we had a blast with the wind in our hair and sun on our face.
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