Last week, I drove to Los Angeles with my best friend. We rented a car and made a full on road trip to LA. It started off being super foggy and cold when we left from the Bay Area, but as we approached LA, the weather was gorgeous.
I went to have a great time and also meet some friends. Usually, I have an agenda of things I want to do on a trip. But this time, I didn’t have anything planned except that I wanted to meet certain people.
Living in the Unknown
I started to get nervous halfway in the trip because I thought I wouldn’t get to meet everyone. And then I took a deep breathe and thought I’d just let go. I decided I would just relax and let whatever happen happen. I didn’t need to know all the details for my trip. I would just take it one moment at a time.
When we drove in the night to a bar in downtown LA, I noticed the LA skyline. A string of lights and towering buildings glowed in the night. It was breathtakingly beautiful. My friend was driving, so my eyes were glued to the skyline. I imagined living here and thought about the lives the people working in the buildings led.
I also realized how happy I felt. I enjoyed being in an exciting, vibrant city. I enjoyed not knowing what was going to happen. It held a degree of mystery. I felt alive.
Going with the Flow
We reached the bar and it was done up in elegant style. It was a Prohibition themed bar and the music was modern yet jazzy. It was just me, my best friend, and her friend. The three of us. An intimate group of people sharing a beautiful evening together. I felt myself loosen up and I walked with a bounce in my gait.
I thought to myself: I don’t care how I look or what is going on in my life, I’m going to have a freaking fabulous time here.
When You Ditch Your Plan – Beautiful Surprises Happen
Anything can change instantly. One moment you may be freaking out. The next minute, you may be feeling on top of the world. I embraced my feelings. When I felt irritated, then I would snap. Not the healthiest response, but I didn’t stop myself from trying to be perfect. When I didn’t want to talk, then I let silence fill the air. When I wanted to do something specific or eat something, I did it – feeling totally in the moment. I felt a true sense of connection with myself.
As we drove back to the Bay Area, my best friend spotted a rainbow. She said it was good luck. I think she was right. I’m feeling a brand new Priyanka emerge. The Priyanka who embraces the unknown and realizing happiness is my natural state of being.
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