Life is a Highway

Life is a Highway (Introduction and Vol. 1)

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
Erol Ozan

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Think about or tell me–how did your day start? Once the tips of your toes peeked out from the tangled and tousled blankets, what came next?

Did you traipse down the hall to find the nearest bathroom? Steal the paper and a quiet little corner? Or did you hit the ground running while throwing coffee and bagels in your gullet as you checked e-mails and fielded last minute requests from the kids for lunch money and missing socks?

No matter what your morning looked like, it probably followed a well-trodden path/road/highway/trail and got you where you needed to be provided that speed bumps and road construction didn’t send you on a wild detour.

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Now, dig a little deeper. Think over your life and remember the times you approached:

  • crossroads
  • stop signs
  • one way streets
  • wrong turns
  • diverted pathways
  • hidden treasures

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How many times did you have to turn around, start over, get lost or even trespass to reach your mapped destination?

A few, right?

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In case you hadn’t noticed, we are in a mecca of metaphors and that makes for a happy Mama! Highways, signs and the road not taken provide the perfect framework for this type of discussion, internal reflection and a chance to learn more about others as well as ourselves.

While writing, I often read other bloggers in order to spark ideas and find things to talk about.  Diana from mommyx4 boys did it for me this week.

Her latest heartwarming post talked about the obstacles and detours she and her husband navigated in order to land where they are. As I read her story, I thought about how we all must have adventures where a decision to turn left or right, say yes or no and decide to stay or go sealed our respective fates in ways we don’t always realize until we look back and see.

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”
C.S. Lewis

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The goal of this series is to give a glimpse of my life without making it all about me. That’s why you are here. Please come along as I dish about growing up in hometown boondocks, where the day job takes me and the street I call home–then tell me about yours.

Sometimes we have a fancy plan and a clearly marked path with green arrows and flashing signs. Other times we stumble and accidentally arrive backwards and upside down. In either instance, the result is exactly as it’s meant to be.

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Life is Highway playlist:

(Hey Diana…#4 is for you and your hubby 🙂 )

Posted in parallel to The Road Not Taken on Ps and Qs.

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Feel free to drop me an e-mail at: mt_rd@hotmail.com and claim a spot to enter tidbits about your travel, your home and where you grew up. With your permission, I’ll weave those into the next several Mondays or give them a feature of their own.

You can talk about the coolest place you’ve been to, ways your life’s journey didn’t go according to plan or stories about where you grew up. I’d love to hear from you!

PS: Your e-mail is confidential and will not be sold to travel agents or zombies 🙂

 

35 thoughts on “Life is a Highway (Introduction and Vol. 1)

    1. I’m glad you liked it!
      Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Rascal Flatts…but, I do really love most of the words in their songs.
      As for you what you should write about? Wherever your sweet heart takes you 🙂
      xo

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    1. Lol! Thanks for your excitement…I hope I can write something read-worthy!
      I have a vision, but you know how that goes…best laid plans 🙂
      I’ll have fun doing it though.
      Thanks for stopping by…hope you are having a Happy Monday 🙂

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  1. I have been trying to do this all day, but for some reason, I am not able to write in the section that I am supposed to write in. So tell you what, please feel free to use anything from my blog that you want, and if you have any specific questions i would be more than happy to answer them.

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    1. Oh darn! I’m sorry about that. It’s the first time I’ve tried the contact form and worried that it wouldn’t work well.
      Thank you so much for trying and I’m sorry for the hassle. I think for my next post I’ll just ask a couple of specific questions (great suggestion!) and have folks respond in the comments. Thanks for finding the glitch…I’m gonna take the form off as soon as I can get to a lap top. Hope u had a great day!

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      1. No trouble for me , I was worried about messing up your post though. And I had a pretty good day, and at least half of which is because of you my new friend. Thank you again for including me in this wonderful post.

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  2. What a fun idea for a series. I love that CS Lewis quote about how life seems to never change, but when we look back, everything is different. That’s so true! I love the highway metaphor. Some of the best scenery I’ve ever seen have been on off-the beaten path of the busy highways, where we just meander down two lane roads in the middle of nowhere…and then Boom! a surprising beautiful sight will bring a smile to my face and make all the other empty miles totally worth that vista. Life is like that all the time.

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    1. Some of the best scenery I’ve ever seen have been on off-the beaten path of the busy highways, where we just meander down two lane roads in the middle of nowhere
      SO true, Char! Maybe that’s why I don’t mind getting lost from time to time. Think of the things we would have never seen had we stayed the course.
      You are always so kind to stop and provide beautiful words…I hope you are having a great week 🙂
      xo Michelle

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  3. Every day is a winding road.. How I love that song. I saw Sheryl in concert a few months ago–she is a tiny weenie thing. And funny!

    Like Char, I love the CS Lewis quote. Excited about the series!

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    1. I love her, too! Ever since “All I Wanna Do” Lesbi-honest…I couldn’t stop staring at her lips in that video 😉
      Thanks for stopping by…the rest of the series will have more meat. I’m working on Flyover States right now.
      And CS Lewis is so good. I love reading childhood classics with an adult eye.
      Xo

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      1. Hey thanks for stopping by, Guapo! You are always so kind to do so. I read your latest last night and am hopping over there right now. I got a little something to say 🙂

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  4. Hi lovely lady! This sounds like a great series and boy do I have some of those stories! Ummm….hello, Germany! 😉 I’m not sure exactly what you’re looking for, but I’d live to contribute some way and definitely looking forward to reading.

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    1. Hi Deanna!
      Thank you for stopping by and for being my second willing victim (insert evil laugh here). I need to get more creative on this spot and ask some specific questions, no? I had a contact form in here at publication, but it didn’t seem to be working.
      I’m still playing with this in my brain, but I think I’ll ask some pointed questions, collect via e-mail and compile in a grand finale post.
      That said…I’m open to suggestions. A guest post maybe??? Hint! Hint! Tales from Germany??
      xo

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      1. Haha! I’d love to guest post! I couldn’t do it for a few weeks though. My life is a bit chaotic at the moment. Email me when you’ve had a chance to think more on it. 🙂

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  5. I’m going to have “Life in the Fast Lane” playing in my head all day now (which is ok, I love that song lol)

    This is a great idea for a series! 🙂

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    1. That would be awesome! I need to spark/class my site up a bit and having someone like you adding in would definitely help. Deanna from MyMutedVoice wants to do something, too…so, I told her I’d do some brainstorming. If you have any ideas, feel free to toss them my way. I’d love my readers to have something different to chew on other than my typical, sometimes clinical-sounding stuff.

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  6. Cool idea, Michelle. I feel like my life has been a constant series of moments where I am getting lost and backtracking. I mean that both metaphorically and literally 😉

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    1. Thanks, love!
      I read your latest post in bed this morning (I hope that’s not creepy TMI) and have been thinking about how to comment. You rock lady! I’m always humbled and happy when you stop by my site. xo

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  7. well I am really looking forward to this series – sounds very cool. and in this post, I like your pics – and that one for route 4 – I like how the east is a slight bit crooked – has a nice feel with that. And your words fun too – how fun and the “missing socks” part reminded me of a skit once that had to do with a sock heaven – where all the stray socks end up – those lost singles that leave the pair. ha!

    anyhow, for my next Monday walk with Jo post we found an old railroad crossing sitting on the ground – obsolete and put out for recycle – and well, your post today (the signs and changes part) reminded me a bit of how we felt as we explored the tracks and paths yesterday. a bit of history added to the mood – anyhow, have a great weekend – 🙂 ~yvette

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    1. Hi Yvette,
      I just loved reading your comments today–I always do 🙂
      I’m so touched you noticed the crooked little East..it was purposeful. You’re a photographer–you know it’s right when you see it.
      Don’t you just love exploring railroad tracks? I can’t wait to read about your own adventures…maybe it’ll help my writer’s block! I have a lot of pictures for my next post…but am at loss for words.
      Thanks for giving me a little nudge this morning.
      Happy Mother’s Day fellow Mama!
      xo

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  8. I can’t wait for this series… Everyone has a story, and an interesting and unexpected path, even if you have to look carefully. Mine has been nothing but unexpected. Oh, and I discovered your photo blog today! Looking forward to seeing your snaps. x

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    1. Hey sweet friend! Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m fighting with today’s post right now (and all last week, and midnight last night!), so I hope I’m giving you something worth “looking forward to!”
      As far as your own untraveled path…I’m ready to hear more! In fact, I’m working on some guest post options–would love to have you in my neck of the woods!
      xo

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      1. Much luck with the post – I’m sure it will be wonderful! I’ll stay tuned…

        And I’d love to contribute, anytime. You can find me at the chocolate fountain. x

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      2. sluuuurrrp!
        I’ll drop you an e-mail if that’s okay? I love the way you write and I think you would really class up the joint! Be looking to hear from me after Monday of next week…no worries, though! No pressure, no deadline, no nuthin!
        xo

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