Along The Road

I love these recent Monday Listicle topics; Things That Make Life Easier, Guilty Pleasures and now from list master StashaTen Things That Come to Mind Regarding The Road.

I definitely went with a more freestyle/stream of consciousness on this one and only listed five this time but I think it’s a solid five. Hope you Enjoy!

1. The first thing that came to mind for me was one of my favorite books, On the Road by Jack Kerouac. This book is still really special to me as I can open it up anytime, start reading and get sucked back in the beautiful, sad, exciting adventures and fall madly in love with the beats and old Jack. Below is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn…”

Book - On The Road by Jack Kerouac

My own worn copy

2. Then I immediately thought about this amazing movie I just saw called The Way written and directed by Emilio Estevez (who also stars in the movie) about a father and son and their journey walking the Camino de Santiago.

The Way is an inspirational and beautiful movie that centers around a small group making a pilgrimage across Spain, each looking for different types of peace and learning about themselves and each other along the way. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time, worth the watch if you have a chance!

movie poster for "The Way"

3. The movie made me think about my own road to relaxation and inner peace – Yoga. It clears my mind and helps me work out all the kinks, mentally and physically. I’ve learned many lessons from yoga; about being in the present moment, realizing the difficult moments won’t last and how important it can be to make time to take care of myself. As difficult as it can be to make time and get up early, I always feel better afterwards and if I make it a regular habit, sometimes even look better for it too.

Woman doing camel pose in yoga

4. For me, the road also brings back memories of past road trips, and how I hate them. Probably because the only road trips I’ve taken have been driving across the country from Washington State to Missouri, which I’ve done two and a half times. On the way back from the second trip, our jeep was hit by semi truck in Montana. It was incredibly scary (I was driving), in fact I was scared to drive for months afterward. I now have trouble riding in a car for more than just a few hours.

5. And the one thing that seems to be constantly on my mind, where I want the road to take me – to the mountains, water and beauty of Colorado!

beautiful Colorado

So where is the road taking you these days and where have you been? Can’t wait to read and find out.

And a very special thanks to Stasha for the awesome topic for this week!

23 thoughts on “Along The Road

  1. So no 3 must be why you did not sit around all day nibbling on jelly beans today, like I did!
    I loved On The Road and your post reminds me, I should read it again. I loved that quote – “the only people for me are the mad ones,” —> me too, Jack. (-;

    • Lol – that was a joke on myself, I was totally eating jelly beans all day! My son is lucky he got any at all :) On The Road is so good, I love Desolation Angels too. Rent “The Way” from Blockbuster if you have a chance, it’s really great and I think you might like it. I felt good for days after watching it. Thanks so much for reading Ado!

  2. Hubs and I have been planning on seeing The way, must queue it up right now before I forget. I like where your mind takes you, always makes a great list.

    • It is such an awesome movie, I can’t say enough about it. If you watch it, let me know what you think! Thanks so much Stasha!

  3. I LOVE the book. “On the Road”. One of my all time favorites!!!

    Wonderful list! I love your take on the topic.

    • Thanks so much! I love several of Jack Kerouac books but that one is definitely a favorite. Thanks so much for reading!

  4. A very solid five. Love a book you can go back to time and time again. A friend has been trying to get me to do yoga, make me more balanced, Ha.

  5. Omg…. Emilio looks just like his dad! I think it’s awesome that your first thought was a book…. Everyone else’s on the road list is a bit angry and bitter(including mine) lol

    • I know! That is so true about Emilio, they play father and son in the movie as well which is really cool. Glad you enjoyed the list :) Thanks so much for reading Yoli!

  6. I really love your freestyle list. I have been wanting to see The Way. And road trips are so much fun – lots of snacks, loud music, and new scenery.

    • Thanks Christie! Maybe one day I can enjoy road trips again, I know they can be fun for other people. The movie is the best!

  7. I’m so glad to see your recommendation of The Way. It’s one that I noticed and was interested, but haven’t watched it yet. I’ll have to make a point of it now! :)
    I like how you did your list! Very creative!

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