I spent the majority of my weekend in Tennessee. It took my friend and me arriving to absolutely every scheduled event exactly on time for me to realize how stressful day-to-day scheduling has become. I already have experienced the stress from the other perspective, when I worked in third world countries and a contractor doesn’t show up or call for a couple of days which is apparently completely okay over there. That stressed me out because I was on a schedule. But what about when you can make your own schedule and be stressed by yourself? We didn’t need to meet my friend, do the Louisville Slugger tour, taste-test at Jim Beam’s, hike Mammoth Caves, honky-tonk in Nashville… but we scheduled ourselves to do all of those things.
I just got so accustomed to the stress and success of the weekend that, when tragedy struck leaving the Smokies and Knoxville, I was completely unprepared to be stranded in southern Kentucky without a car. The timing has kept us from getting to work today, finishing things we had to do,…and I have to feed my cats again. The timing then restricted us to shops being closed on Sundays, places being booked on SuperBowl Sunday, an impending storm limiting our travel, and even plopping us down in the most remote corner of our entire voyage.
But the timing has also made many more things evident which are positive. I have finally had to forcefully resolve the small, persistent problems in my new car which are actually big problems that somehow flew under the radar when the dealer sold the car to me. I have a new perspective on how to handle and prepare for these situations, partly thanks to a conversation I had with a friend. It also made me realize how much patience my friend Jess has and how amazing Jeff is for offering to come “pick us up”. That would be a 12-hour roundtrip and he didn’t hesitate to offer help in any way possible.
I just think timing is a funny thing, how it can keep you from seeing something or be so perfect at making a little thing obvious. I just hope it doesn’t decide to show me too many things on our drive home this afternoon…