So Many Choices

It is 5:15 on Saturday morning.  My cell phone lights up as a text message comes through. It is from my 19 year old niece and all it says is, "I'm here!"  I run down the stairs in my pjs and greet her as she reaches our front door.  She and her friend have driven all night from Tennessee to try to avoid camping in the heat drenched south.  She is a California girl through and through but has chosen to see the United States this summer.  I knew she was headed our way but didn't know exactly when she'd arrive.

Fast forward two days and she is standing at the dining room table with atlas layed open before her.  Hmmm, where do I want to go next? So many places to go and things to see! She is looking to Colorado, for cooler days and scenic trails. She likes the sound of Steamboat Springs. I remind her that Steamboat Springs is where her mom and my brother got engaged, but later found out that she never knew that. That seals the deal. She will  definitely make that one of her destinations.

I marvel at the freedom, time and energy that youth provides. Fewer commitments. I say to her, "Isn't it fun to just pick a place on the map and go there?"  She smiles and agrees. This morning I sent her off with extra granola bars, brownies, muffins and water. This afternoon my own 19 year old daughter calls me discussing a plan to move to California. {She just returned after spending three weeks there}. I suggested we talk tonight when I'm not at work, but once again marvel at the possibilities.

As a not-as-youthful married adult with a house payment and the responsibilities that come with it, I am saddened for a moment thinking about how those possibilities seem to have narrowed. I decide I need to look with new eyes at the opportunities that lay before me. No, I may not have the time or freedom to pick up and go wherever I want for however long I want, but I can still plan for days away or new venues to explore.  I can choose how to treat the people that cross my path. I can rejoice with those who do have more choices and help others to see possibilities where they thought they had none.

The truth is, each of us have so many choices each day. Some of them may make our day better or worse. Some may change the course of our lives. Still others may change the course of a loved one's day.  I encourage you to recognize the choices that you do have and rejoice in the choices that lead to even more possibilities. Whether we end up in Salina, Simi Valley or Steamboat Springs, I have learned that the joy is found in the journey!

Choosing Adventure With You,


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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