Over the weekend my friend and I decided to road trip to the west coast. We’ve been planning this trip for a few weeks now. And by planning, I mean no itinerary, just driving to our destination and going from there. I would not suggest that if you are in a foreign country and have high stress/anxiety levels. However, my little brain thought otherwise. I’m one of those people who likes to wing life but when it came to winging our weekend trip we could kiss our plans goodbye.
As we did, after numerous wrong turns (because of GPS), horrible co-pilot assistance (me) and just frustration from both parties. Plans were not green. They ended full stop red. We both anxiously still agreed we still needed to escape the city noise. Thus, we headed on the motor way driving towards the setting sun.
Being outside, getting in higher elevation and stillness was officially on our itinerary.
We both come from being surrounded by mountains so closer to we can get to our happy place the better.
We ended up exploring this wee town off the motorway exit called Puhoi.
Pronounced: P00 – HOY.
Then, found a foot path that led to a pretty cool view of vast green valleys that seemed to never end. Of course, we stopped to embrace our wet and humid surroundings with a slight trickle of rain no surprise, and also had a mini photoshoot none the less.
However, the real point to my story is the next part.
As I said earlier, we desperately needed to trade the loudness for crashing high tide waves. We ended up parking in a parking lot where you are allowed to sleep overnight. SCORE!
My friend and I could not be any more excited to finally get a taste of “camping”. It was really happening, we were actually going to camp and not just head home with frustration flowing out of our ears. We backed up to a front row seat to the ocean, popped the hatch and bam we were cool as some cucumbers.
What I have to say now is quite a metaphor for life. You take a few wrong turns or make some silly choices and it’s not what you wanted or what you even planned. However, instead of giving up and allowing life to win, you just have to stay head strong and keep going. Life gives you curve balls but instead of responding by whining and complaining, respond with an optimistic view: PLOT TWIST we are staying closer to town than desired BUT it all worked out because we have a beach front view for a night’s stay w/ some bloody good fish and chips. Even though we planned to drive heaps further out, and wanted to go somewhere more beautiful, we still were able to relax and get a change of scenery. Realize, that if it doesn’t happen now, it may just happen later when you’ll appreciate much more or whatever the reason may be. But I leave this with you. Please don’t give up. Don’t get sour if plans don’t follow, embrace the plot twist and smile. You’ll start to appreciate more in life, the big, the medium and the small.
Sleeping in the back of a car w/ and ocean front view and and and sweet as compnay.