10 Ways a Long Drive Is Like Working on Your Marriage
Yesterday I made a six-hour drive to the city where my daughter attends school. This afternoon, we will load her up in the car so I can take her home for the summer.
I live in one corner of Wisconsin, and in order to get to the state where my daughter is, I have to drive across my entire state.
Six hours gives a woman a lot of time to think. As often happens, my thoughts turned to marriage, and I realized that making a long drive on the interstate isn’t a whole lot different from working on improving your marriage.
- Sometimes other people seem to be further ahead than you are, and sometimes you’re the one who is moving faster than those around you.
- Sometimes you seem stuck due to road construction season.
- Some stretches are really, really boring—and then something interesting and unusual will pop up.
- Sometimes it seems like you’re caught in two seasons at once—like a dormant winter happening alongside a hope-filled spring.
- Sometimes you can’t help but be on automatic pilot, and sometimes the driving requires extra attention and effort.
- There are some spots where you have no choice but to plow through because there’s no place to pull off on the shoulder for a break.
- Sometimes you’ll miss the big picture because of all the trees.
- There will be both clouds and sunshine.
- Sometimes it seems endless.
- The ride is so much more enjoyable when you aren’t alone.