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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Road Lessons Day 1: Toronto to Pittsburgh

I think I have driven to Pittsburgh and back 20 times. Maybe more. Even though it is not that far, it always seems so.
After this whole trip was finished I probably drove more than 50 hours on the road. Including all the travel we did on and off the cruise ship, the trip to Pittsburgh seemed like a drive to the grocery store and back.
Really, it is only 4 or 5 hours one way, which is not that far or that bad. Once you start to make 9 or 10 hour trips each day, it doesn't seem like much anymore.
So, my road lesson from day 1 is this:
Many times in life we see obstacles and challenges as long journeys that will wear us down. Like they will never end. At times, some of us don't even try because of it, or let it wear us down enough that we give up. The reality is that we over think these challenges when we should just get out there and do them. We only make it worse when we start to build them into more than they are.
I knew it was going to be a very long trip, 18 days, from start to finish. This time,  we just got in the car and went. Before you knew it, 4 hours later, we were in Pittsburgh and I was in bed getting ready for the next days drive to Charlotte.

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