“Are we there yet?”… Many a movie, joke or memory has been made about this one phrase. It encompasses so much, often with equal parts frustration and exaltation jumbled up in the mix.
It helps when you and I take a deep breath and allow perspective to influence the situation, helping to bring our experiences into better focus. That’s what today’s episode is about - Learning to embrace the journey is one thing. Learning to figure out what phase of the journey we are on is another. “Are we there yet?”…It’s all about perspective.
[00:00:00] Episode teaser / trailer
[00:00:47] Intro music and voice over narration for the show
[00:01:22] Introduction to the show. We will be talking about perspective and how it relates to the feelings invoked when one hears and or experiences the famous phrase, “Are we there yet?”
[00:02:49] Journeying from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya - being prepared from the vantage point of a passenger.
[00:03:56] Examples of whether this is the phase and stage of your own “Are we there yet” moment.
[00:04:39] Journeying from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya - being prepared from the vantage point of a chief organizer. The variables.
[00:05:40] Example of whether this is the phase and stage of your own “Are we there yet” moment and the consideration of lifelong variables.
[00:07:00] Journeying from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya - the things you have to deal with, no matter how uncomfortable the situation - you can see the end goal.
[00:10:01] Example of whether this is the phase and stage of your own “Are we there yet” moment.
[00:10:52] Reflection points and how perspective helps put our personal “Are we there yet” moments into the bigger equation of our lives.
[00:11:38] Conclusion with one word about part 2 in this series: BABOONS! Thank you so much for listening. Be sure that you subscribe to this podcast. That way you can automatically receive episodes and share the link. People share the link and the episodes with your social networks. You can go to our website www.victoryinmind.com for show notes as well as links to download and subscribe. Thanks for staying tuned to Victory in Mind. We appreciate you. I'm your host, Waceke Wambaa thanking you for joining me on our podcast today. Remember you have a future. You have a hope.
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But here's the thing, the starting point and the destination have already been set. What you make with your experiences along the journey, is primarily within your control. So, let me ask you, "Are you there yet?"[:
[00:01:022] Hi and welcome to another episode of Victory in Mind, your guide to living each day with purpose. I'm your host Waceke Wambaa. On today's podcast, we post to ask ourselves one of those very, very, very serious questions: Are we there yet?e process. What do I mean by [:
That's what I mean by perspective. Where you are on the journey, shapes what you're, "Are we there yet?" actually looks and feels like.[:
For me, even before the journey started, I'd prepare myself by carrying lots of novels so I could voraciously read them when the landscape became too monotonous. Thankfully motion sickness never affected me. We would pack snacks, upon snacks, upon snacks for the journey. But y'all know that a car full of hungry kids was never an option. And therefore, those snacks never seemed to be enough. So my, "Are we there yet?" was a more tempered one because I actually didn't mind using that time in the car to catch up on reading and such. I planned for the time and did what I needed to do within the allotted timeframe.[:
[00:04:39] Now with these road trips heading from Nairobi to Mombasa, there was also preparation of another kind we kids maybe really never paid attention to, but it was necessary for the success of the journey. Was the car roadworthy? Now, road worthiness was not defined by [00:05:00] how new a car was or whether it had the latest gadgets, et cetera. It was more about whether a car could make it the whole way in working order.
Was there hopefully a spare and the tools to change if you had a flat or if you had a puncture? That's what we call them. And maybe as a parent, you're "Are we there yet?" might have been that silent cry from you, which we kids were never aware of, because of the various components of the trip that might have been hanging on by a thread about to snap.[:
[00:07:00] Y'all, how about the road trip songs? You know, those songs that you sing for ages on and on and on and on, till you actually started composing your own lyrics and verses. A favorite of my family's was the song that the last round of it says, "In the woods there was a tree, the finest tree you ever did see! The tree was in the wo-oo-oods and the green the grass grew around, around, around and the green grass grew around." And you're meant to build it up and keep singing it down but, we went from bird, an egg to having a feather, I don't know in the yolk. And so we sang this song, I think until people wanted to pull their hair out! We had fun! But maybe some were getting tired of us singing the same song over and over again in a cramped space... and man, we probably got on some people's nerves and [00:08:00] needed to get out of the close confines of a car before they snapped.[:
[00:08:50] But traveling sometimes on those road trips through stretches of land, where there were no rest stops, [00:09:00] bathrooms, meant that we had to be prepared for the eventual roadside bathroom stops. TP anyone? As much as you and I wanted to eat and drink on the six hour journey, you try to time your stop to the main bathroom options that were available. But often, there were too far away for the young bladders to hold up long enough, to get to that indoor plumbing. So you dealt with whatever the journey called for you to do, knowing that it was not your final situation, but a necessary discomfort to get you to the land of beautiful oceans, majestic sea breezes, delicious mangoes, and madafu (coconut water) and indoor plumbing. Our "Are we there yet?" might have been a cry for help to, get me out of this yucky situation! I'm just [00:10:00] saying.[:
[00:10:33] So your perspective on, "Are we there yet?" is that we're going to get there when you get there. And so you just do what you need to do to get the job done, regardless of how uncomfortable it might be. You know it's part of the full equation.[:
[00:11:38] This wraps it up for the first part of the series on, "Are we there yet?" It's all about perspective. Guys, be sure to tune in next week as I share part of the most exciting yet terrifying part of the road trip from Nairobi to Mombasa. One word for you: BABOONS!
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