I love my car. I wrote about the car issues I had with my last car here. That reminder was perfectly timed for my emotional strength and momentary weakness last night.
I was picking out colors for my living room at Home Depot and as I was leaving their lot, my car notified me that I had low tire pressure. Having had so many cars with slow leaks I used to ignore, I just drove home. It was normal when I had dented rims, or used tires to have issues that are slow to show up.
I was going to go in and find the primer I had in storage to start on the really dark wall at home, but it’s a bigger job than I want to do alone and stalling made so much more sense. I was thinking of dropping things off and maybe finding an adventure. I love driving up PCH during the day and it was something I could imagine being less terrifying than it usually is for me at night.
It was more of an instinct than an automatic response, but instead of going in for the night, I got out the car and started walking around my car. I actually heard the hiss of air escaping the tire. I called roadside assistance to swap out a tire that I could have changed myself and I was able to wait inside my house.
You might imagine I remember every single word I write because it’s all solid gold. Every single word is magic. Right? It’s not. The crazy part about my writing is how it helps me release and forget things. I had actually forgotten the details about the post linked above and the writing of it. Last night reminded me of a night with car problems a year ago and 20 miles away from home. I actually tried a few keyword searches to find it. And I was floored at the perfectly timed reminder I needed. Last Christmas echoes this Christmas in some ways and I’m ready for that launch into more than I could have dreamed for.
Last Christmas I was picking out my kid’s Christmas gifts at the dollar store. My car was crapping out on me consistently. I didn’t have a job. I received a charm from my sister for Christmas.
This Christmas was handled with credit (next year’s goal is cash) and my only wish was to give my kids more than they expected and I did. No real car problems because last night doesn’t count and I received a coffee mug filled with candy from my mom.
Both years I was overwhelmed with love and acceptance from my family and friends. It was a gift that offered more than I expected. Both years there is a sigh and a collapse of expectation that creates space for transition. I’m ready to be launched into more than I could dream of. My expectations are high, but my accountability to myself is even greater.
Last year I was so convinced my marriage was something I wanted and would never let go of. This year I’m eager for the next thing in my life and excited for the change that is coming.
The car I drove both Christmas’s have reminded me that things happen in a perfect way that create change, keep me safe and inspire hope. I was talking about it with a friend last night and looked up the post this afternoon. Here I am, jobless, having a tire that needs to be repaired, handling it on my own again. I was reminded of last time. I was reminded of the journey I’ve been on. And the timing was grace.
Being optimistic means I’m always looking for lessons and miracles. Being who I am means I have encouraged accountability in my choices and I have a tribe that holds me high. It is a great time in my life, even if I can’t make sense of it yet. I can’t wait for what 2017 will bring to me, and what I get to create.