Joyride

by Noel Demas

Last night I went out for a drive. This wasn't some life changing moment that opened my eyes to the world. It was a event that I felt was quite productive. While some may consider driving around for three hours taking photos isn’t productive, I considered these three hours to be a great use of my time.
It was around 7:30 PM I just got home from a class at the local college campus. I was following my daily routine of coming home eating dinner then heading into my room to either take a nap or glare at my phone screen until I went to sleep. Although, I wasn’t feeling it last night. I was full of energy and didn’t want to sit around and do nothing. Until an idea came up in my head. Why not drive around? I paused for a second and asked myself, “Would I rather go around exploring the town or would I rather sit around till the next day came?” In a heartbeat I knew for a fact that I wasn’t going to waste away the day. So I didn’t, I grabbed my bag, my camera, and headed out.

I sat in my car, strapped on my seat belt, plugged in my phone, and played my favorite podcast, -The MFCEO Project Podcast, by Andy Frisella (For those of you who have never hear of Andy before I suggest you check him out at “themfceo.com”)- threw the car in reverse, and pulled myself out of the driveway. As I started to head down the street I began to ask myself where am I going? I considered the options, I told myself, “I could go to the Farms just outside the town, or the Hills, or I could head towards the Grade.” I had no clue where I was going. At the end of my street I signaled right, checked for any cars, and started to turn. However, halfway through turning I spun the steering wheel as hard as I could left, to head towards the Grade (luckily there were no cars around, lol).

I kept driving and driving, while listening to Andy and pondering what he said. While at the same time enjoying the night. I drove to the Springs, I drove to the Airport, I drove to the Hills, and I mindlessly followed where I felt I needed to be. I drove down pitch black roads, drove in places I wasn’t allowed to, and turn back when things turned to sketchy (there was one place I pulled into where a cop car ended up following me). Even though I had no clue where I was going to go I learned there were countless of opportunities full of exploration and curiosity.

Soon enough the cars on the street started to dwindle, and when the streets seemed to empty I looked at my watch, it was 11:00 PM! I decided it was time to head home. While the drive to my home was short it got the chance to ponder what I did during this drive. I got eighty pictures of the city I could play around with, I listened to four of Andy’s podcasts, found a handful of new places in my hometown, and enjoyed the beautiful night sky.

I know for a fact that if someone asks me, “What did you get out of this trip?” I would have to say a ton. I gave me the chance to further understanding who I am, who I want to become, and what I need to do to change or improve upon myself. While at same time creating a moment in my life that I would consider memorable and enjoyable.

Last night, was a “Joyride.”

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