I’ve been looking forward to moving to Minnesota for the past five months. This Thursday morning, I got my wish. With a fully loaded U-Haul, two cars and plenty of winter wear, my boyfriend and I said our “see you laters” and hit the road for The North Star State. Despite the eight-hour drive ahead of us, everything would have been hunky-dory…were it not for the weather conditions.
As many of you know, a massive winter storm swept through the Midwest Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Because our starting point was Indiana, we knew the roads were going to be rough…how rough was another story.
At the beginning of our journey, I thought driving conditions were fine. Then we reached the highway.
Between passing semis (something I hate doing even when the roads are clear) and seeing two cars in the ditch, my fight-or-flight response begged me to pull over. Some might call my boyfriend and I crazy for moving in the middle of a severe snow storm. And maybe we should have pulled over. But we knew what we had committed to and we also knew our limits. So instead, we slowed down and plowed our way through Hercules—a fitting name for a storm, if you ask me.
It was scary, and at times I wanted to throw my hands up in defeat, but we kept going and remained calm. In my mind, I pictured Minneapolis—the end goal—and remembered that our journey had purpose.
All of our journeys have purpose.
Life is full of trials: heartbreak, disappointment, adversity, loneliness, sickness, confusion, anger, sadness, stress and overall uncertainty.
Sometimes, it’s better for us to stay put, take cover and wait for trying times to pass. On other occasions, we must brave the weather and plow straight through it to blaze our own trail. But whatever storm you’re facing right now, here’s what I want us to takeaway from today’s blog: Whatever the trial, it’s important to keep our eyes focused on the bigger picture and remain calm. And when the clouds break and the wind dies down, we must continue to press on.