Taking the Long Way

When I moved to Texas from Ohio in 1998 without knowing anyone, my theme song was the Dixie Chicks “Wide Open Spaces.” I listened to that song practically nonstop for 1800 miles and 20 hours of driving through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and FINALLY Texas!

“It takes the shape of a place out west…and 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 higher stakes, knows the higher stakes.”

It came to me at a time when I needed the courage to know that I was doing the right thing.

Well, the Chicks have done it again. I now have a new theme song thanks to their new album.

“The Long Way Around” speaks to how I’ve chosen to live my life. I’ve never really done things the traditional way (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). For whatever reason, it’s just not the path that was put in front of me. It sometimes seems as though everyone else has accomplished so much more in the way of marriage, children, careers, etc. I’m ok with that because I’ve achieved darn near every goal I’ve set out to accomplish. It just doesn’t always happen in that traditional way. I get there by taking “The Long Way Around.”

“The Long Way Around” by Dixie Chicks
My friends from high school
Married their high school boyfriends
Moved into houses in the same ZIP codes
Where their parents live
But I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow
I hit the highway
in a pink RV with stars on the ceiling
Lived like a gypsy
Six strong hands on the steering wheel
I’ve been a long time gone now
Maybe someday, someday I’m gonna settle down
But I’ve always found my way somehow
By taking the long way
Taking the long way around
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around
I met the queen of whatever
Drank with the Irish and smoked with the hippies
Moved with the shakers
Wouldn’t kiss all the asses that they told me to
No I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow
It’s been two long years now
Since the top of the world came crashing down
And I’m getting’ it back on the road now
But I’m taking the long way
Taking the long way around
I’m taking the long way
Taking the long way around
The long The long way around
Well, I fought with a stranger and I met myself
I opened my mouth and I heard myself
It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
Guess I could have made it easier on myself
But I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow
Well, I never seem to do it like anybody else
Maybe someday, someday I’m gonna settle down
If you ever want to find me I can still be found
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around
Workout:
Tuesday 5/30 one hour of core, upper body and abs
Wednesday 5/31 25 minutes on the elyptical and 45 min of upper body, legs and abs

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One thought on “Taking the Long Way

  1. What a great song…and awesome that you followed your heart and fed your spirit. Isn’t it a great feeling to say and know you’ve done it NOW, and not discussing it from a rocking chair 30 years from now? Congrads to you! Keep livin!

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