We have been on the road for 6 weeks and in that time have managed to hit a coyote (which caused $2753.00 worth of damage, Praise God for insurance!) Sing on a rooftop, eat copious amounts of McDonald's, sweat through our outfits in Atlanta, GA while playing outside for a Sofar show in the sun, write music in Nashville, meet Bob Boilen of NPR, play to an apartment packed with college kids, all the while feeling very blessed that we get to call this our job! We have met a ton of people and have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and kindness. We have only had to stay one night in a rest stop in our 6 weeks and we are feeling incredibly grateful.
We got to go through our first tropical storm while in Orlando and we can honestly say that we don't want to be in a hurricane (I mean, who wants to be IN one?) Our Coffee with The Gleason's series is still going strong and we enjoy doing them every week, although the different time zones and going in and out through time zones has been difficult to stay on schedule. Last week a guy shouted through his room that he could hear us, but, we gotta do what we gotta do. I think getting down to the real- talk, there has been a lot of self-reflection through these past few weeks on the road. We are way more confident in ourselves and our ability to reassure ourselves that this is where we are supposed to be in this moment and season in riight now. We have had several people reach out and tell us that we have inspired them by just going for what we want. It made me (Myra) realize that many people stay within in their bubble of comfort because the risk is too great for them to experience the happiness they long for. Not saying that they aren't finding happiness where they are at, because they are, in many ways we have to. As humans none of us want to be unhappy, and finding our true happiness can be very difficult. I don't know how to live with regret and I wrestle with the phrase "what-if." - what have you got to lose, what if you do make it and all your despair and tears in a pillow were for naught? If we can live with the risk, its worth the reward and I have always been a dreamer. Most importantly, I desire to be happy, and if that means our needs are barely met, then so be it. Gabe and I's greatest passion is to bring worth and value to someone, and if that means sacrificing our comfort for them, then so be it. Life was not made to hoard unto ourselves but to give, and to give freely. We are experiencing that in new ways everyday. The road is not easy, it's not for the faint of heart and chasing a dream is incredibly hard. But once you do it, there is a certain freedom and new respect for life; a wonderful new respect for people as well. Their are helpers who will help, and yes, you will fall down, but bruises eventually go away if you keep choosing to get up and stand.
Til next time!
Myra and Gabe