A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities

It’s one of life’s more mundane tasks, stopping at the gas station and filling up our gas tanks.

But many times, and today was one of those times, when I complete the task I get back in the car, feeling full myself, full of optimism and excitement.

I start to think of all the places we could go and the things that we could do now that we have a full tank of gas:

  • We could drive to Pittsburgh and revisit my old stomping grounds and see what’s new
  • A couple of people have recently told us how nice Saratoga Springs, NY is – it’s just a tank of gas away
  • It looks like we could just about make it to the great city of Boston; it’s been a while, but we’ve enjoyed it each time we’ve been there
  • Virginia Beach is within a tank of gas; we’ve only been there once, but have fond memories

Of course, there are places much closer than the list above that would also be fun to drive to:

  • the Pocono Mountains, where I met my wife in college, and where she group up
  • the Jersey shore
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Baltimore

There’s so much to do in all of those locations, and having a tank full of gas makes all of them a possibility.

It sort of reminds me of one of my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.

I think that could be modified to include Changes in Longitudes as well.

Sometimes it’s rejuvenating to break out of your routine and to go somewhere different.

And a tank full of gas gives you that opportunity.

And how could a full tank of gas not help me think of the great Willie Nelson:

*image from Retire to Tennessee


15 thoughts on “A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities

  1. Ohmigoodness, Jimmy Buffet, what? AND Willie Nelson? In the SAME post?! It’s like you want your readers to be happy or something! 🙂

    I like how you leave us wondering where you went, too.

    Great post!


  2. I love a good road trip, mine is usually a day trip to the beach as I have gotten older, I can only do the max 4 hours in a car..anything greater I have got to fly


    1. nothingbetter than a trip to the beach; I don’t mind a long drive in the car. I can even go long stretches with no music or anything playing on the radio, except for my directions! Just gives my mind a chance to wander a bit.


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