I had an idea pop into my head this past weekend while we were in Idaho for a kayak race. I initially thought I was going to share some tips on how to balance your spiritual practice while traveling, but then it turned into life tips that I have learned while being on the road and traveling with my partner, Evan.
I think you will enjoy this post. I had fun writing it and pondering what I’ve learned from being on the road and traveling with Ev.
For the past week we have been in Idaho for one of the best kayak races/events in the world.
If you aren’t familiar with the North Fork Championship kayak race, watch this three minute video. It will give you an idea of where I have been and what I have been up to!
You won’t be disappointed. It’s CRAY & amazing.
Traveling with Ev to any sort of kayak function is… gosh how do I put it? Unpredictable, uncomfortable (which is actually a good thing),freeing, dirty, exciting, and most importantly REWARDING– even if at times I want to pull out my hair. 😉
It is my pleasure to share with you some of my life tips from the road.
So without further ado, here we go…
My life tips from the road:
#1 Let that shit go
Like I said before, kayak trips are very unpredictable, which can be a little challenging for the controller inside of me. Let’s call her Miss Serious. Miss Serious is scary; she likes things her way and she believes that by getting her way and having control, she will protect me, but she’s a little off.
The only way I can enjoy myself on such an unpredictable trip is to let go and embrace what is, despite the resistance I may feel from Miss Serious. Once I am able to achieve that, life feels so much better and I can truly enjoy myself.
If this sounds easy, I am here to inform you that it is not. It’s like prying a vampire away from it’s next meal. Doable, but really fucking hard.
These trips allow me to practice the act of letting go and I am reminded that the only way to truly enjoy myself is to let go.
Tip: Relax, nothing is under control.
#2 Embrace the uncertainty of it all
This goes hand in hand with my last tip. These kayak race events are filled with surprises and last minute changes and plans, something that I actually enjoy. What I love about traveling with Ev is that nothing is certain, which at times can drive me crazy, but it’s also what I appreciate most about our trips. Life is best experienced moment to moment. It’s where thrill and freedom lie, which is why embracing the uncertainty of it all is one of the most crucial parts to enjoying this ride we call life.
Tip: This made up belief that we have to know how everything is going to work out is bull shit. If you don’t know how to get from point A to point B, start walking, taking one step after the other, and sooner or later you will reach your destination. Start with the first step.
#3 Go with the flow
Man oh man… although I love the idea of going with the flow and I can definitely ride that band wagon, sometimes going with the flow seems harder then paddling upstream. But as we all know, flowing with the river is a much more enjoyable ride.
Let me just thank the rivers for showing me that flowing DOWN RIVER, rather then paddling against it, is much easier and the key to living a happy life.
Tip: Everything you want is down stream. Stop paddling against it. GO WITH THE FLOW, people.
#4 Unplugging can do more for you than you know
No matter where you are or what trip you may be taking, unplugging yourself from your phone and computer is one of the best gifts you could give yourself. Luckily for me, I didn’t have a choice. I was in the middle of the wilderness with no wifi or cell service. (THANK YOU GOD.) Even though I didn’t meditate or journal every day, I had more time without the everyday distractions that a phone or computer can add to ones life and for that I am super grateful.
Tip: Go somewhere where there is no cell phone service, even if for a couple of hours. I find that the clarity and joy I know so well can find me when I am off the beaten path.
#5 Nature is the best type of medicine
This is a simple yet very effective tip that can give you the ease and clarity you may be searching for.
Tip: Everything seems to make sense when I am alone in nature. Get outside. Sit with nature. Feel it soften your heart. Your answers will be revealed.
RELAX, nothing is under control.