Discovering who you really can take time. And there are many ways to accomplish this. A road trip through national parks and remote places you may not heard of is how the author of We Stood Upon Stars find his true self. Both funny, serious and sentimental, Mr. Thompson does an excellent job of detailing his journey in finding his true self.
For one, he learns that he can indeed make a repair on the van that is loyal in all the family travels. He then knows a skill that can be passed down to his sons. A triumph in his mind since he was constantly relying on a mechanic to do the work. Now, more confident, he knows that he work on the van and keep going forward.
In Joshua Tree National Park, he learns that the landscape is alive and thriving. Even the rocks that form the many climbing walls for those who seek something a bit daring. Hence, Mr. Thompson is inspired to venture further away from where he was originally going. Rock climbing is not easy and neither is veering away from a familiar path and going someplace unknown. Mr. Thompson does this throughout the trip and finds that it’s refreshing to see what is out there that he hadn’t known about before.
One of my favorite parts of the book is where our author is out surfing and somehow gets attacked by a crab. Now, this is both funny and not so funny as one can imagine the pain this poor man is in with a crab attached to his toe. He tries to get one of his sons to help but his child decides to run the other way. Roger is left to figure out to rid the crab and struggles for several minutes until he is finally free of the creature. Lessen here is that he has to rely on himself when there is no one around to help. And he does. I admit, I was laughing as I imagined him trying so hard to get the crab off his toe, the pained look and maybe a little disgust too.
Each trip we take whether on the road, by air or boat, or even through experiences, we learn that we are going to be alright and that we are stronger than we think we are.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books, Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review.
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