The Journey Is Worth The Drive

The following post was written by my friend, Shaunna, ’cause she always knows just what to say…

I have this thing for the sea.

I’m not sure how or why, but the sounds of the tide bring me to a place of peace. They roll around in my head, pushing fear and doubt far from the shores of consciousness. The stress of it all simply floats away. I am whole. I am enough.

This is surely why, then, that I let my husband and cousins convince me to make the 4 hour trek (and back) to the Keys from Ft. Lauderdale……in one afternoon…..before driving 12 hours back home the next morning.

perfectly imperfect | the lettered cottage | key west

The smell of salt in the air, and the promise of Jimmy Buffet blaring out open windows was just too much to resist. As we were driving, it occurred to me that the drive to Key West is a lot like life.

perfectly imperfect | the lettered cottage | key west

It starts out carefree- we want for nothing…we laugh a lot. We aren’t afraid to throw off the bowlines, and sail away from safe harbor.

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All we know is dreaming, and exploring, and discovering.

But the journey can get complicated along the way, can’t it?

perfectly imperfect | the lettered cottage | key west

Traffic jams knock our feet out from under, and conjure up uncomfortable emotions. We lose sight of what was, and we often deal with things the wrong way.

But when the temptation to become pessimistic raises its ugly head, sometimes something marvelous happens.

We realize peace was there waiting for us all along…

…and feelings of joy come rushing back in.

The journey rolls over and under, in and out of and twists and turns. And if we’re lucky?


Goodness spills over, and spreads from one person to the next…

perfectly imperfect | the lettered cottage | key west

…and the drive is totally worth it.

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  1. says

    Ah, the Keys. They truly are my favorite place in the whole country!! I’ve been going there occasionally since I was a kid, and even convinced my sweet husband to have our honeymoon in an awesome little bed and breakfast on Key West. We live in FL, but haven’t managed to get back down there since! Now, with 2 sweet kiddos along of the ride, I’m DETERMINED to head back down that way! Thanks, Layla, for hosting this lovely post from Shaunna. I visit you both everyday :)

  2. says

    Hit the nail on the head! I just came back from Key West Wednesday. I had completely forgotten how the ocean, sun and sand relax and then revive me. We all need a little of that in our lives.

  3. April says

    Your post touched my heart. I have driven the A1A several different times from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West over the years. It is exactly how you painted it in your post. I am an Oregon girl dreaming of my next journey to that seashore and to complete and utter glory. Thank you!!

  4. says

    That drive is one of my favorite all time memories of vacations with my family. At the beginning of the bridge we let all 4 of our kids get out and get whatever treat or bag of goodies they wanted to get at the gas station. Jack Johnson playing, windows open, ocean air, slowly the sun setting. It seemed endless happy fun. Thanks for reminding me! ~ CA

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