This evening, I was feeling really restless, uncomfortable, etc. I felt like I needed to get out of the house, get away, do something. So, I got in the car, and I started driving.
I'm not entirely sure what it is about driving, but I find it one of the most peaceful things you can do. I think it's just because I've done it so much. My last job, doing the computer side of cable modem installations, had me spending almost half of my work time in the car, driving to customer sites. The job I held before that was as a pizza delivery driver for Godfather's Pizza, which is obviously heavy on driving.
Additionally, when I was growing up all of our "family" vacations were done by driving. I've literally driving through just about every continental US state.
So, I grabbed a good CD (Phil Collins, Greatest Hits), and took off. I ended up driving for a little over an hour and a half total, and I'm feeling really good. There's just something about driving, with music low enough to not be distracting, and being alone that's amazingly peaceful. It's a perfect activity because it keeps you occupied, but when you're driving on the highway mostly, it requires very little "higher brain" thought. Even when giving the attention required to driving, you are left with unburdened, and capable of spending a lot of time with considerations and thoughts.
I think also has to do with the fact that a couple of my closest friends live 20 minutes to an hour away, so I often spend time thinking while driving home after seeing them. It gives me time to reflect on what's occurred, where things are at, stuff like that.
I really do think driving alone is one of my favorite 'places' to be for thinking. ;-)
Anyway, I came to some conclusions on a few things, and I'd planned on writing some of it out now, but I'm too tired. So, I'll wow you all with my pathetic insights tomorrow, or something like that.