Lesson # 4
It ain’t always what you imagined it to be!
So after getting stuck in a five mile crawl through the final hour of travel, we arrived at our campground outside of Charleston, SC. When most of us think of campgrounds, we picture nice camp sites nestled between some lush, green foliage, right? Well, this campground felt like we were lined up in a grassy parking lot. Asphalt paths meandered through the rows of campers that were inclose proximity to one another. By this point we were so tired from traveling that we made the best of this situation and got our popup camper setup for the night. The following day we were surprised to awaken to a sizzling day of humidity and searing sunshine. We slapped on the sunscreen and brought along our floppy hats as we set out for Charleston’s downtown historic district. Did I mention before that our road trip included our 80 pound golden doodle, Oscar? Yup, we decided to have our beloved pooch join us on this trip. He is a great traveler. Always ready to go along for the next ride and mostly ready for the next adventure unless it involves heat!! So hear we are smack dab in the heart of Charleston ready to explore the area but we have to figure out how to handle the SUN!! Wherever we could, we walked on the shady side of the street. We sought out water fountains, shady park benches, outdoor restaurants under canopies of cover. Were we able to immerse ourselves in the full historical experience of this charming city? Absolutely not! It felt more like survival as we scoped out the next shady spot for a few moments of relief from the heat. While planning for this visit to Charleston, I had imagined this part of our vacation to be so relaxing. I had pictured us meandering through the streets, captivated by the intricate architecture of the surrounding homesteads. Instead, I had to regroup my expectations and deal with the reality of the situation. Once I was able to do that, I could then enjoy the wonder around us!
Are you able to regroup when necessary and bring yourself into the present moment appreciating what is, instead of living in the deep disappointment of what should be? Sometimes, we need to touch into that disappointment first before we can then enjoy the surprises and joys of the present moment.