Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stopping to smelling the roses even when they smell like jet fuel

By the time you read this, I'll be making my way to Santa Fe for Left Coast Crime. Early morning rush to the airport through major highway construction, layover in Dallas, taxi into Albuquerque, take some kind of transportation up to Santa Fe. Whew, I hate even thinking about it.

Because I'm a destination person. I have my eye on the prize at the end of the day - meeting up with old friends, settling in, a great meal. My husband is going along. He's a journey guy. He doesn't let glitches bother him. He takes them in stride, considers them part of the plan. Me? I grumble and complain. Or, rather, I used to.

Something happened along the way as I age. It helps that I have my laptop along. And my Kindle. Toys. I'm really, really trying to enjoy the moment, even if it spins out of my control. I promised myself, whatever happens today, however long it takes to arrive, it's okay.

What about you? Destination? Or journey?

14 comments:

kissablesweet1 said...

If I'm flying...Destination. If I'm driving..the journey. You see so many wonderful things along the trip. Flying has become such a cumbersome thing. I prefer to drive..have fun and enjoy myself.

Lynda said...

When I'm flying, I am definitely a destination kind of gal. I really hate all the hassles and tend to worry about all possible glitches. I'm always super early and I tend to stress until I get where I'm going, or at least until I get on the plane (I don't mind the flying, I just worry about missing connections, etc.). However, I'm not nearly as neurotic or stressed out on road trips (except in high-traffic situations) and am able to enjoy the journey. Hope you have a great trip.

Fiona said...

The destination is the known; the journey is the unknown.

It's definitely the journey for me. I love the adventure of the unknown, so no question about it, it's the journey for me.

Tonya Kappes said...

I love the journey, but half way through if it's one thing after another....it's all about the destination. Have a great trip!

Dru said...

I'm a little bit of both, I like the destination but I also like the journey. Like you, as long as I have my toys, whatever happens is okay as long as I get to my destination in a reasonable time.

Enjoy LCC.

Barbara said...

I despise flying, partly because the airlines squish you in like sardines. I love to drive on trips and it's definitely the journey then. Every time I think the mallification of the U.S. has taken the differences out of our beautiful country, I drive somewhere and am reminded that our varying scenery is still fascinating.

Linda McDonald said...

Long plane rides = definitely destination.

Long or short road trips = the journey.

Have a fun time at the conference!

CindyD said...

Definitely the destination. I'm like Linda, always want to be early and always nervous about connections. Next month we're flying to Atlanta, then Brunswick, flying home from Jacksonville. Three new airports to negotiate...

Gayle Carline said...

I'm definitely an Arrival Gal. Let's just get there. If I could, I'd probably use one of those Star Trek do-hickies to beam me whereever I wanted to go. Probably. I admit, that first trip would freak me out.

Aurian said...

Difficult question, and I really don't know. You know how much time the journey to get where you want to be, takes. So, I read along the way, stare out the window.
I do accept what happens on the way, as there is not other choice. But yes, it is a waste of my time somedays. And you will have to go back eventually, so the destiny has to be worth the travel time.

signlady217 said...

I usually just want to get it over with, either way. Sitting for any length of time makes me hurt (sometimes even the length of the preacher's sermon is too much!). I get motion sickness, so I can't read in the car at all and only on the plane if I wait until we're in the air and don't look out the window while we're taxiing. So between pain and boredom, well, you get the idea. And that's in addition to hoping my blood sugar doesn't go haywire too! (And I have no patience for dealing with stupid or rude people along the way either!) Yikes! Sorry for the rant! :)

ev said...

Both. I love the journey to my destination. I try to take it all in stride and then find something good in the glitches. I've met some great people that way.

When I drove from NY to LA two years ago, I planned the trip out but still had room for problems if they arose. They really didn't but I wasn't worried about it.

I figure it happens for a reason.

Vickie said...

I will never fly again unless I win the lottery and can afford my own jet.
The airlines have taken all the fun out of flying.

I love to drive to wherever I am going. You need a car when you get to the destination, so why not bring your own.

I guess, all that said, I love the journey.

I love Santa Fe and Albequerque. Have fun!

Deb Baker said...

I arrived! Everything on schedule, no body searches, a margarita (or two)once I go to the conference. Still like the destination best.