Driving to Inspiration

Somewhere, I heard that the average person drives about 15,000 miles a year in the US. When you think about your daily driving or your weekend trips, this probably sounds reasonable enough to most. As I’ve said before, I’m not really like most in this respect, I’ve already logged 15,000 miles since March.

So, yet again, I am talking about driving. If it isn’t already obvious, that’s sort of the theme here…

In my last post, I spoke about seeking passion and I’ve had a little more time to stew on this idea. It hasn’t really been easy to put my head down and plow on with the day to day after what has really been a bit of a revelation for me. But, that is what we do. We do what we must.

 Sunset over Badlands National Park

I am approaching this idea with cautious optimism, as I’ve tried similar efforts before and after a year or two, fallen nearly flat on my face as it relates to expectations versus reality. Which, as I write this, I feel that I am very nearly doing this again in my current circumstance. There are a number of things going on at work that will hopefully create some positive changes, but I’m taking the wait and see approach on this. And to be perfectly honest, I seriously doubt that any changes that could be made would instill a passion for what I’m doing. More often than not, in spite of being swamped with work to do, I’m generally bored with what I’m doing. So, back to the reason for this post and as I always try to do, explain the title. I always pay attention when I’m driving, but it’s difficult to not let your mind wander a bit when you’re in the car for more than an hour at a time by yourself. When you get to watch the sunrise every morning over the corn fields and the low hanging clouds, it can be quite soothing and inspiring. It has really helped me establish a sense of calm when I’m driving, allowing me to think more clearly and consistently.

A couple of days ago on my way home, an idea came to me. I’ve often thought, how do authors or inventors come up with their ideas? And now I feel like I understand a little better how that happens. I won’t get into much about this idea that I have right now. It’s still in need of some polishing and careful consideration, but I’m excited about it. Excitement like this is something that I don’t experience often, and hopefully that is going to change. I’ve had a number of opportunities over the last few years to express my analytical side and it seems that my creative side is starting to fight for some of my time as well. In spite of the many frustrations I’ve had recently had, I am starting to feel a bit of weight lifted. This is not only because I am feeling more confident as I learn my new role, but because of the emergence of this passion. I would also say that, having a beautiful family to come home to helps a bit as well.

I’m really looking forward to some time off in a few weeks, and I’m hoping to be able to work on this idea a bit. It just might be a good long term project to keep me focused. But even if it doesn’t work out, it should be a fun experience and I have no doubt I’ll learn a great deal about the world and myself. Where do you go when you need inspiration?

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