I recently embarked on my first ever road trip….ALONE. This meant I was the sole driver, entertainer, spending a good 8 hours alone in the car! Needless to say I was nervous, firstly because I’ve never driven that far by myself before, and second, how was I suppose to focus on the road driving for a straight 8 hours? My nerves were high the days leading up to trip day. I was nervous to leave the kids, nervous I would be so far from the family if an emergency happened, and nervous I would fall asleep at the wheel.
Deciding to leave at 4 am, I was able to beat any morning traffic, and hit the open road just in time. Driving while the sunrises is a beautiful view. I was able to look around me and appreciate all my surroundings, the silence, and the open areas of land, it all made me feel peaceful and thankful that I was able to make this trip.
Snacking helped me through the rough patches when I felt tired. Luckily it wasn’t too bad, only needing to make one stop at the half waypoint. I was able to play my music, have it blasting really loud and sing or dance if I wanted to! This was a treat for me since I usually have my kids in the car. I wasn’t used to it, and at one point I had their songs playing on the playlist! Haha!
Overall I’m proud of myself for embarking on this road trip alone. I’m not one that likes to do things alone; I always like to have someone to do things with. The road trip was the only time I really had to myself to be ‘alone’, since when I got to my destination, I had something planned throughout the day. While the thought of driving alone made me feel anxious, my nerves started to calm once I hit the open road. The return drive home seemed to go even faster, perhaps because I couldn’t wait to smother my kids with kisses and be next to my husband again! Overall it was a calming experience, making me appreciate the surrounding around us everyday and thankful for the fact I was able to make the trip!