I am heading out to BC for a month at the beginning of August and cannot wait to head out on the open road again.
It's been 3 years since my last big tour. I'll be living in the good ol' van again and my dad has been working hard to make sure it will run as smooth as possible. There's something about BC that is peaceful for me. It's probably the nostalgia in me that sparks such joy and comfort . Being on the road through the mountains reminds me of my childhood family vacations. Walkmans and Archie comics in hand, we headed out to the hot springs, pulling our mustard and sage colored home behind us. It was always the oldest trailer in the park, but the 70s carpet cushions and smells were home. Although I won't be taking the trailer with me, the mountains and memories will still be there.
A couple weeks ago, I found an old Dixie Chicks album at a garage sale. I'm not a big country fan, but I love the old stuff that used to be popular on the radio when I was a kid. I slid the disc into my car stereo and "Wide Open Spaces" came on. I knew the chorus but had never taken the time to listen to the verses.
"Who doesn't know what I'm talking about
Who's never left home, who's never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone
Many precede and many will follow
A young girl's dreams no longer hollow
It takes the shape of a place out west
But what it holds for her, she hasn't yet guessed
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes
She traveled this road as a child
Wide eyed and grinning, she never tired
But now she won't be coming back with the rest
If these are life's lessons, she'll take this test"
I started crying. These were my words. This was my life. In that moment, I became ready for another brave step in my career. This was me. This is what I was doing and I needed to do it, not matter what happens. I need these wide open spaces. To pursue my dreams, live my life and be free.
See you in BC,