My bags were packed, sitting in anticipation by the door. My yoga mat was curled up so peacefully, waiting patiently by my luggage . I was ready to hit the road for an enlightening “girls weekend” road trip to the Sivananda Ashram in upstate New York. It was just what my hectic, workaholic life needed. It was a trip parallel to life; a drive through chaos to reach “serenity,” knowing that serenity actually lies in the mind… but that sometimes you need a little kick to realize it.
But, not surprisingly, the journey, much like life, didn’t quite work out as planned. The directions, the plans, they all fly out the window with one mistake, one wrong turn. The landscape changes, and before you know it you’re in Zombieland without a map, without cell service, without a connection to the outside world. It’s just you staring back at you, telling you to figure out how the hell you are getting out of this one. And, like any problem in life, the choices look bleak and empty, it seems as if there will be no way out, every turn will lead to a “dead end” sign staring you obnoxiously in the face.
But then you glance around and realize it’s not just you that is frustrated, lost and almost hopeless. The faces of your friends stare back at you, bewildered, confused. You are alone in your head, certainly, on your own journey, but the collective conscience is there, in the present moment, sharing part of the journey with you. Your paths have paralleled for a moment, if only for the moment. And all of a sudden, you just burst out laughing at the absurdity of the situation. A series of laughs erupts through the car; yes, your friends are there for you; for each other. The collective conscience works together, you regroup, and before you know it, you’re back on the right road, headed in the right direction. A sigh of relief, a moment of reflection, and then, back to life.
And that’s life. It’s always open to the moment, it’s always “who knows?” You can plot and plan and have everything you need, and then in an instant it can all fall away. It’s what you do with the situation that really matters. All you can do is go with the flow, searching for answers, searching for reasons. Life may be random, it may have reason, we may never know. It may be a whole lot of randomness looking for a reason… but that’s for you to decide.