This week I drove to high schools and college fairs in pre-sunrise pink skies and listened to about a billion hours of Pandora and ate fried cheesecake at a place named Fat Sal’s. (Oh yes, my friends. OH YES.) I sat in drive-thru lines for coffee and had my heart warmed by THE BEST employees at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Waterloo, NY. I lived out of multiple suitcases and realized how effective I’ve become at the on-the-go lifestyle, and how much I enjoy it. I made pie and tea and breakfast in a blender bottle. I lived with dear friends and laughed with new friends. I became instant friends with two dogs who very much enjoyed renegotiating the boundary lines of personal space.
I remembered how much I absolutely love travel season. I love feeling like I’m on the Admissions version of the Amazing Race – the challenge of rolling into and out of multiple unknown locations per day – and finding these locations in the first place – putting your best foot forward at each, and then doing it all over again the next day. I love the time alone in the car (and I LOVE my rental car!!!). I love, love, love talking to high school students and helping them figure out what they are passionate about and why (or sometimes, why not) Roberts would be a good fit as a college choice. I love exploring new places and finding (or creating) meaningful moments in the midst of the hustle and bustle of travel.
This week, I loved people and lived life. And if that’s not a great week, I don’t know what is.
I’m shutting down the part of my brain that likes to mention that despite the love fest, I don’t know what I’ll be doing two months from now. That’s true, but not helpful. I already know this short term season is ending sooner than I’d like it to. Why ruin what I have to worry about what I can’t yet see?
I’m hanging onto these verses in the Message version of 1 Corinthians 7:
And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there.
Sounds like a great plan to me.