Recently, I have a urge to get out, visit old friends and family. I could fly, but the need to feel four tires rolling under my seat is pulling at me. I long to smell the different air as elevation and culture changes. I want to feel free to take any road or any direction I fancy. And during the last few months of planning my warrior trip I have dreamt to waking up in new places, seeing new sights and being on my own. As the time is getting closer, it still feels right and I’m ready to go.
Now my planned trip isn’t to any fancy location or foreign country. But I will be driving my Mazda 3 with a stick shift and sunroof in style, my style. Together we will just mosey up and down the east coast 2250 miles more or less. I will be totally on my own with a audio book or two, tunes, a large coffee cup, map quest and a Rand McNally map of the US.
I am planning to stay at Air B&B’s by myself, with friends and family. I am also seeing some of the foals my beautiful Andalusian mare had, the oldest being 8 now. I believe they will know me, but I can’t wait to see what will happen when we meet again. I know my friends will hug and smile when we meet but what will a horse do that hasn’t seen me in quite a while. At my age of 67, some might say this is quite a irresponsible trip, others, I hope will say, yes, go girl and follow your inner compass and let it guide you on a heart’s journey.
I am heading up the east coast, starting from Williston, Fl., then staying overnight in Atlanta, then Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and back home. I hope the map in my head and heart brings adventure, rekindle a love of the US and it’s landscape, people and critters. I hope to see chipmunks and streams running free. I look forward to eating some different foods and continue my journey with guidance through kindness and giving.
To me, this trip signifies that I can still stand up and be on my own. The decisions I make, good or bad are mine and mine alone. I want to feel free to sing as loud as I want, slow down to look at river wandering by, eat at picnic table in some unknown town and take the less traveled road (no pun intended).
I know the horses, cats and dog back home are well taken care of and for that I am eternally grateful. My husband has been fully supportive of me leaving (hmm…) but maybe he needs a break from me as well. When I get this wonder lust, I know I am not always the best companion to be around.
Traveling, sharing the road with others, talking to strangers and finding the beauty and wonder of the good old USA is so compelling. I’ll let you know how it goes and wish you too the good fortune to follow your own path. As I am reminded by an old Chinese saying; “He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left”. Here’s to change and living fully.
Barbara is the owner and president of Wayfinding with Horses, Inc. She is trained in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, a retired Professional Engineer and Qi Gong Instructor but mostly she is a woman passionate about horses, their wellbeing and their gift of being present. The horses help her clients to trust their true nature and lead from the heart. Clients often report a heightened awareness of their surroundings and others while experiencing a deeper, more profound understanding of their relationships and connection to others. Barbara lives at Wayfinding Farm, located near Ocala Florida.