Spring has always been one of my favorite times of year. The time changing, flowers blooming and people actually smiling because suddenly, the world is bright and hopeful again. This is the perfect time of year to have adventures, and thanks to Zipcar, I took my very first one last weekend.
Two weeks ago, while scrolling through Instagram, I came across something magnificent. The cast of my favorite tv show of all time “A Different World” was reuniting at Norfolk State University and it took all about five seconds for me to purchase my ticket. I didn’t know exactly where Norfolk was, or how I was going to get there, but it didn’t matter. This was history and I was going to be there.
After doing my happy dance, I logged onto the Zipcar site and discovered that I could rent a car for the day for less than $100 dollars! I had signed up for Zipcar a few weeks before, but had not used the service yet. The weather is nice and after at least two months of being mostly sedentary, I have been focused on trying to get my 10,000 steps in for fitbit, but since Norfolk was about 3.5 hours from DC, I happily booked the car and began to count down the days. This was going to be awesome.
When I picked up my car, the thing that impressed me the most was how easy everything was. I used to my zipcard to unlock the car and everything I needed was right there. The car keys, not only a phone charger, but also a AUX plug, AND a gas card. Before I put any car in reverse, my first order of business is getting the music right. I was worried that I would have to run back to the house and grab one of my old CD mixes before getting on the road, but thankfully, Zipcar had me and after I plugged in and rolled down the windows, I was on my way to heaven. The trip was incredible and so necessary. I’d forgotten how wonderful and relaxing it is to just drive. Open roads, wind whipping my hair every which way, my ipod on shuffle and singing at the absolute top of my lungs. Even a few pockets of traffic couldn’t kill my vibe. I needed that break from the city; every minute of it.
I arrived at Norfolk State with a few minutes to spare and as soon as the cast came out, I was on my feet clapping and screaming with the rest of them. It was literally like seeing my favorite older cousins at the family reunion and I, like everyone in the audience was stuck on every word they said. They talked about the importance of college and HBCUs. The value in finding your passion and pursuing it. The need for giving back and always remembering where you came from. The absolute highlight was the entire audience singing the theme song, ad libs included, along with the cast. It literally felt like a family reunion. I left the venue feeling so energized and refreshed and excited about my personal next steps.
As I got back into my Zipcar and turned up my music, I knew that by time I got home all of the stress from the work week would be completely washed away. Sometimes you just need to hop in a car and ride. I will hold on to these good feelings for as long as I can. It is great to know, that when I need a little pick me up, a Zipcar and an open road are only a few clicks away!