(A Blog Every Day in May 2013 Challenge Entry)
Doesn’t look like an easy out this time around.
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.
I suppose I could refer back to the multiple posts about self
confidence or money, but I will attempt a different topic. Which to
choose, which to choose. So many struggles and life issues.
The Long Way Home
I usually hang out with my brothers on Monday, after hanging out with
my grandmother, tonight I had to call the evening short. I was
attempting to write my blog at my brother’s place, but all I got out was
the above. Something was feeling off. It was stuffy, I was feeling
excessively tired, and just the overall atmosphere wasn’t sitting well
get me wrong, it was a fun time when arriving. My five year old niece
had called me up asking when I’d be coming over, because we were going
to grill. It was really cute, and I look forward to seeing both my
nieces on Monday nights. They always ask me to watch their shows/movies
with them and I feel bad when I turn them down. Whether to write, game
with my brothers, or some other random reason. I need to focus more time
with them when I visit.
I actually watched some of their shows with them, but soon after felt
like I best hit the road. I was leaving a good four to five hours
earlier than usual. The risks are already increased with me driving at
night, but being this tired even more so. Best not push my luck.
Especially with thunderstorms passing over again.
I had to make a pit stop to my grandmother’s to pick up my watch and
slap bracelet I left over there earlier in the afternoon. It was a quick
hi and bye, and then I was back on the road again.
this time of year they love doing a lot of road work, but luckily
almost all of the construction being done is farther South than
anywhere close to me. Except tonight it seems. On the way home, one of
the major ramps I take looked to be closed off. I had already passed up
familiar alternate routes, so I took the only exit available before my
always been curious of the road. That may sound odd, but I have used the
exits before and after and am quite familiar with them. This exit, however,
I’d never taken. It would be an adventure I figured. Find out where the
heck the road led to. It was between two exits I’ve taken time and
again, I would be able to find my way to one of those roads simple
was one road I thought I knew right off the bat, but I bypassed it
thinking that the current direction I was going would do well enough to
get my to my destination. Again, I was wrong. I eventually came to a “T”
and what was that in front of me? A lake. Long Lake
Road should have explained this all to me, but you know... whatever.
Long Lake Road apparently turns into Valentine Lake Road. Fancy.
knew going right would take me out of the way more so I chose left.
Never mind that “Road Closed Ahead” sign off on the side of the road. It
would be made more prominent if it were closed, right? Yeah, no. So I
took a journey down this lake-side road, curious as to where it would
bring me — secretly hoping to the main highway.
area seemed rather nice. From what I could tell through the downpour in
the dark. There was definitely some kind of development taking place;
curious as to what. Then I saw the dreaded white and orange signs and
barriers sprawled out across the road. Crap. By this point I’d already
driven almost fifteen minutes in unknown territory. Now I’d have to
backtrack. Thankfully, I only took a few turns.
back I went. With the storm, and my car’s reliability being gravely
uncertain, it felt like there was a good chance for some bad Stephen
King mojo to go down. I’m not too keen on being lost in a storm driving a
shitty car with barely any gas.
I came to the road I thought sounded familiar, I figured why not. I
already drove to some random dead end, why not continue the adventure?
So off I went. Eventually there were signs for the main highway, and for
a brief moment I contemplated ignoring it. I felt pretty sure I knew
where the current road lead.
As luck would have it I played it safe, and finally got back on the main highway. Good thing too, because I was apparently heading North instead of South. Destination: Home was in sight.
So my thirty minute trip was increased by an hour. It’s all good... at least this real
struggle was able to be resolved tonight. Could have been worse. I
could have had my car breakdown in the middle of who knows where.
Have you ever taken a route you’ve never been on before and gotten lost? Any current real life struggles you are battling?