“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot
I’m very fortunate. I have friends who really don’t know the meaning of “too far”. What I mean is there is no goal too far; no dream or destination too far. When it comes to each other, we push, we cheer, we all sincerely believe in the “how far one can go”.
And that includes road trips.
Now, I just want to say, a two day, one-thousand-mile road trip would not be my first choice of travel. But my dear friends truly feel there is no “too far” when it comes to piling in a car and driving across country.
“Too far” is a dare to “bring it”!
Which is what we did two weeks ago, because my friends were of the opinion a ten-year journey to get my master’s degree in journalism deserved…well, another journey of a thousand miles to pick up my degree in the flesh at the University of Missouri.
Now, here’s the crazy thing. We could have spent less time and less money, all getting on a plane and going together.
But then we would have missed so much!
We would have missed miles of bad singing in the car with no escape.
We would have missed my bad driving. “Darn. I was going a little fast for that curve.”
We would have missed the St. Louis Arch and Pappy’s BBQ. (HEAVEN!)
We would have missed the little town in Illinois with lots of big things.
We would have missed deep long discussions about life, goals, dreams.
We would have missed decorating my cap.
We would have missed a two day Mizzou Online instagram takeover. (They were brave to put that in our hands. Thanks @MizzouOnline!)
We would have missed a graduation made more meaningful by the journey to get there with friends who don’t know what “too far” is.
To my friends, Loraine Ballard Morrill, Kelly Green, Andrea Lawful Trainer (and Allie Plonska you were there in spirit). Thank you for always expecting, encouraging, and believing in a dare “too far”. I am forever grateful that you see things beyond my own vision sometimes and then say “go”.
And finally, to my dear friend Julie Ambrose, now Julie Ambrose, PHD. I was thinking it felt “too far” as you started your dissertation and I started my thesis. But we cheered and coached each other all summer long to keep going. While I was road tripping, you were on your own journey across the finish line.
I’m so proud of you; of us.
The friends who dare you, the friends who know there’s no limit to you; those are the ones you want to keep close because in the end, the journey is the thing. And, it’s hard to get “too far” without people who believe you can get there.