It’s 12:39am and I still haven’t written my blog post for the day.
Long day. Hectic day. But that’s neither here nor there.
I’m currently on the road. Driving from LA to San Jose. Brief business trip. Long drive. Still a ways to go. I just pulled over.
Yes, that’s right. I just pulled over to write a blog post. A blog post about the power of pulling over. Here it is:
Point # 1: Life is a journey. Sometimes it’s a long strange trip in the middle of the night. Don’t ruin it by waiting for some moment in the future when you finally arrive. If you have something that your nature demands you to do, pull over and make it happen. You have the permission. Exercise it. You have the power. Use it.
Point # 2: I’ve never pulled over on the side of a highway to write a blog post before. Never. So don’t accuse me of talking out of the side of my mouth when I tell you that sometimes you have to detour from the known and embrace the unfamiliar if you want to have meaningful experiences. Mike Murdock once said “if you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” What are you afraid to say no to? What are you afraid to say yes to? What are you afraid to try? What are you afraid to stop trying? If you want a new life, you have to be willing to initiate new beginnings. Maybe the road you’re on isn’t taking you where you want to be. Maybe you’ve forgotten why you’re driving. Maybe you just need a break. Maybe you need to mix things up a little bit. Maybe you need to do something unpredictable and exciting. Maybe you need to pull over and write a blog post. Just kidding about the blog post, but maybe you do need to pull over.
Point # 3 You wanna know the real reason why I pulled over? Because I made my choice. I decided that writing this blog was going to happen one way or another. So my brain improvised and gave me the best idea it could come up with for the situation I found myself in. That’s how life works. You can’t wait for a perfect “how” before committing to what you want. It’s your dedication to the result that gives rise to the process. Know your why. Determine your what. Start moving. The how will unfold. That’s what pulling over is all about. It’s not about doing strange things in order to be different. It’s about experiencing the magic that happens when you make up your mind that you’re not going to compromise on the things that really matter to you.
At least that’s the way I see it.
Well, my break is over. Time to hit the road again.