In a wild transition from what I’ve recently been reading, my latest read has stirred up an awful wanderlust in me, and its not going away any time soon.
I was sent the book Driving Miss Norma by my mom. I didn’t really know what it was about, but my mom doesn’t usually send me crappy books, so I didn’t hesitate to add it to the top of my list.
Driving Miss Norma is the story of a 90-year-old woman who, upon discovering she has cancer, decided she’s rather live the last bit of her life traveling the United States with her son and daughter-in-law, saying “yes” to whatever new experiences life offers her.
Written by her son, Tim Bauerschmidt, and daughter-in-law, Ramie Liddle, Driving Miss Norma is an inspiring story about living in the moment and saying yes to life. Whether it was meeting and opening up to strangers, participating in the town parade, or simply trusting her son to safely wheel her around a National Park, in the final year of her life Miss Norma and her family chose to embrace the opportunities life gave them, instead of living in their comfort zones.
While not all of us (not even most) can live the nomad life in an RV, a close look will reveal plenty of opportunities to step out and experience more than the comfortable, predictable life we’ve built. Whether it’s to recover from loss, to find oneself, or to simply live instead of just exist, Miss Norma serves to remind readers that life can be so much more, if we just say “yes” instead of sticking to the comfortable “no.”
As a creature of habit who doesn’t do change well, this is particularly meaningful to me, reminding me that, when life feel stale and stuck, maybe I should find something new and scary to say “yes” to, instead of remaining in the slump.
And reading, even just briefly, about all the places they adventured to definitely had me checking to see how many short weekend trips I could make to various national parks without having to dip into vacation time at work.
Even though it’s a bittersweet story, Driving Miss Norma leaves you with a smile on your face and a resolve in your heart to love your family, make sure they know it, and to embrace life as fully as you can. Why wait until tomorrow to make the memories you could have today?