You ever have that feeling that you want to drop everything and go a completely different direction? That is the standard mode of operations in our family as we just pop a little ol’ thought in our head and run away with it. It may not have been inherent for me, but it’s definitely rubbed off on me from friends who've done the same. I never thought of leaving Houston, but in 1994, three weeks after visiting Miami I was in a moving truck. Since then I have gone from San Diego to Tampa and finally Orlando, adding three kids along the way. So, throw in a few years with a Subway franchise (don’t even think about it), and a hard-earned bachelor’s degree, I think I have a pretty good list of adventures to speak of.
This is just a very brief illustration of the ease in which I am ready to make a change in my life. I mention all this because recently a friend decided to give up the corporate world to pursue a rather zany idea, but apparently not in Vegas. He, along with his partner James Cass, dreamed up Las Vegas’ first mobile wedding service. The Las Vegas Wedding Wagon may be kitschy, but it’s definitely proving to be innovative. What he didn’t plan for is the whirlwind of media attention the wedding service has received just in the first week of business. Not only has it gone national, hitting every media outlet in the states, it has gone global with attention in Europe, Russia, and even an interview from South Korea.
Andy, like me, has made many changes in his life, sliding into one new adventure after another over the years. However, I’m pretty sure the Las Vegas Wedding Wagon is his most exiting one yet and we couldn’t be more proud of him. The media coverage has been tremendous and seeing Andy’s face on national television because he had the courage to take the leap is more than exciting, it’s inspiring.
I’m struggling to understand the difference between need and want, but only as it relates to the inevitable move. It’s not about the need to brush my hair, but want a hairstylist to take care of it for me because they have some sort of magic mojo that makes my hair look perfect. My dilemma is I’m in need of being around my family, yet I want to be around a very tight-knit community of friends that has been generated over the past three years. Well, the family is in Texas and the friends are in Florida…where does that leave me? Pretty much imbalanced.
I’m not going to make a list of pros and cons because in the long run, family is always the front-runner - but (and that’s a very big but), we have found ourselves in the midst of the perfect state, a utopia if you will. Now, utopia is defined as an 'ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.’ Check, check and check. How do I leave such a place behind with no promise that the next one will have any one of these qualities? Really…I need to know.
In living with the good, and the not so good, Florida has been home for 16 years collectively. To avoid any calculations of my age I will offer it’s just about half of my life. How about thinking about it terms of my kid’s lives? My oldest is about to be 13 and only sees Florida as home, as do the younger two. And as kids, they only see what is in front of them, the tangible thoughts of what home is. Perhaps I’m just a kid at heart too? All I can see is the friends around us and the intimate bonds we have created in just a very short time.
And as with all things in life, we must think of it in terms of a song, a good song. A song that can encapsulate the mood, feelings and general disposition we are feeling right now…
My photo adventures in Florida