Hang in there. That’s just about all you can do…

11 03 2010

As I mentioned in the first post of our #wifiwhip series, this trip had very few plans. In fact, there were only two: get to Austin and stay connected the ENTIRE time. Both are coming to fruition.

But the one thing we told ourselves was that we would chronicle our whole journey as it happened, through each of our own perspectives, and that we had to live in the moment and soak everything in.

12 hours have flown by thanks to multiple cans of energy drinks, bags of fast-food and great conversations within the vehicle and with various passersby in different states.

As we entered Texas, we made a stop at a gas station to refuel and stretch, but little did I know it would evolve into a life-lesson, much like the road-trip itself. As I strolled into the surprisingly pristine restroom, a 15-second conversation led to self-meditation and contemplation.

“How are you sir?” I said to a man washing his hands.

“I’m well, sir.” he delightfully replied, “How are you doing?”

“Good, I’m hanging in there.” I responded.

“Well, hang in there. That’s just about all you can do.” the man stated, and walked away.

For some odd reason, that brief conversation struck me immediately and I began to think. The man was right.

I am beginning to realize, through this trip and life, that there are just some things I cannot control, no matter how much I want to. I may not be able to control the stock of Texas Cheesesteak Melts a Waffle House in Arkansas has on hand, the weather or the bladder size of fellow passengers , but I can control my own demeanor and attitude, among other things.

So when you wake up in the morning, don’t worry.  Just hang in there- because sometimes, that’s just about all you can do.

I owe this post to the man in the bathroom, as weird as that sounds.

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4 responses

11 03 2010
adriennebailey

This post is my favorite so far- reminded me of this great quote by Brain Tracy, “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”

Safe travels friends!

11 03 2010
evanstrange

Thanks Adrienne. I think what we are starting to realize is that the best instances of great insight and knowledge have been when we have least expected it. Got to get out of the “driver’s seat” sometimes and just let things happen as they are supposed to.

Thanks for commenting and keep up!

11 03 2010
dmcconnell

I love those moments with strangers that seem so profound. Each of us gets to play that role at one time or another, and it makes you wonder what gem you may have passed along to someone at just the right moment. 🙂

30 03 2010
evanstrange

I completely agree. Check out my next few posts, I think you will enjoy.

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