Road Tripping

So this week I’m in the Cherry Capitol of the World, Traverse City, Michigan. My week long summer class on legal, ethical and policy issues is at the Northwestern Michigan College Campus and so I hiked up on Father’s Day to make sure I’m in class at 8:00 AM tomorrow morning. (I’m so dedicated, LOL)

On my drive up here, I was reminded of just how much I love road tripping; Windows rolled down, Kay Perry, Sam Tsui and the Spice Girls blaring from me cay and Keebler fudge stripped cookies being enjoyed to the highest degree

Grand Conclave 2007 001
Kappa Sigma Road Trip 2007
Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer
Road Trip 2
Michigan Game Road Trip 2011
Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer
Road Trip
Mini-Professional Road Trip 2012
Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer

For me, road trips are a time when you can take some time to just drive and think, remember and enjoy the scenery that, in my case, Michigan has to offer. Society is in such a rush any more, if something doesn’t happen quickly or takes a short amount of time, we’re not content. On a daily basis most of us can find ourselves careening 70 down the interstate trying to get to our destination in the shortest amount of time possible. Today however, I decided to go against the norm, and took my time, enjoying my drive. In fact I i enjoyed it so much, I time travelled back to Jr. High and my college days on my road trip today.

I  first travelled to one particular day  in Jr High, when the infamous Titanic had just been released in theaters and my groups of friends were going nuts over it and how amazing it was and how many times (yes multiple) they had seen it already. I hadn’t seen it yet and didn’t really have any desire to see it, and therefore was listening to my discman which was playing Wannabe by the Spice Girls.

From there I travelled to JW’s Karaoke Bar back in college, where some of my BFFFL (BFFs For Life) and I were hanging out there and had an unofficial karaoke  war with another group of patrons that we used to see there all the time. It turned out to be a fantastic and fun night. The first group song from our side? Wannabe by the Spice Girls.

Sometimes it’s crazy the memories you can remember, but I enjoy reliving the good times. With being in such a rush in life anymore, most times, its the bad memories that seem to be all that one can remember. So on days such as today, I really enjoy and favor the good memories that come up. Personally, I tend to have some great memories pop up when I’m driving and listening to my upbeat iTunes playlists.

This post today really has no professional or specific intent, it was just a musing I had. However I do encourage everyone to slow down and go on a road trip. Enjoy the time you have and don’t just rush through it. Enjoy the rides, roll down the windows, blare some music and relive a memory or two.

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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