23 feet: Real life on road-time

Via on Aug 24, 2010

Open space, good music, and a different view

Life moves quickly when you’re on the road. Once you get the hang of it, it’s as if a great pair of invisible wings has spread behind your back, lifting the heart, easing your stumbles. It’s exciting. You begin to live on “road-time.”

Road-time is sped up and slowed down all at once and bleeds color and sound and runs down your face like lake water. Connections made on road-time are brief and burning stars, marked by breathless conversation, prone to confessions.  Road-time deftly spins “be” into “go.”

Real-time is lines at the bank and mailing in your electricity bill and building relationships that last more than three days.

Surely it is this lusty road-time that keeps some travelers traveling, this lack of middle-ground, the escape of the predictable everyday situations that present themselves in stationary living.

Of course, travelers may miss their homes, their cocoons of love and familiarity and predictability. I was reminded of this recently, when I traveled back through Durango, CO, to pick up some left-behind pieces of my life.  I pulled into my old home, where I know street names and bartenders and the best way to bike across town, but the season had changed and the air felt new, and I didn’t live there anymore.

I spent my whole visit acutely aware of this fact, bogged down by impending homesickness and the lurking second-time-around goodbye I’d soon say. Getting in my car on the last day was painful, and the drive out of town was tortuous. But it was only a matter of miles until  I felt better. Road-time.

That’s the seductive thing about road-time – even the darkest of funks are eased by open space, good music and a different view.


About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 


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