Bad situations make the best memories

by Rebecca A. Watson on August 16, 2012

in optimism, travel

Sante and I headed out for a quick weekend of camping about a month ago. We drove the five-hour trip after work, which meant we sat in traffic, but it was all worth it to head to the wilderness for some real heat, river swimming and mountain biking.

rebecca swimming river

When we rolled in around midnight, Sante and I got to work. We’ve got a pretty good system for getting things set up; we can usually have everything all ready to go in less than 30 minutes, drink a beer and settle in.

Things didn’t go quite that way this time.

Sante: Where’s the tote? Did you pack it?

Me: Silence. I don’t know. Is it not back there? (As if it would be somewhere else in the truck.)

Sante: No.

Me: Shit. What was in there?

Sante: The tent and sleeping bags.

Exclamation Point
Yes folks, it was my job to pack up the truck and I forgot an integral part of our camping gear. The place we sleep and what we sleep in. I was impressed with Sante, though.

After a few moments of being completely perplexed, (“How could you not pack it?”) he cracked a beer and said, “People in third world countries do this all the time.”

That night, we cobbled together the weirdest assortment of “blankets” borrowing heavily from the seat covers and bath towels. We also slept in all of our clothes.

sleeping in the truck

The next day I went into town to buy some blankets and ended up making a new friend who let me borrow her sleeping bags, and coincidentally is living in my dream house.

Oh, and she needs some marketing help. Did I mind doing it in trade for time at her cabin in the place we adore? Um, yes?

Why is it the best stories come out of the worst situations? It’s true! It never fails to amaze me how people look back fondly at what they were so frustrated with at the time.

I really think these situations galvanize us, change us in a way that sticks with us. I’m not saying I want these sort of things to happen, but when they do I’ve really learned to try to take it in stride. Of course, I was all about making the good out of our situation, but I would’ve never guessed it woulda turned out that good

Do you have one of those stories? I’m pretty sure we all do. Do you see it in a rosy light? Why or why not?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Arwa August 17, 2012 at 3:09 am

I want to say thank you.. I feel peaceful today after I spent almost the whole morning reading your beautiful posts.. I think we have a lot of things in common and I wonder if one day we can become friends.. maybe?? I like your optimism which is something we share and I am a perfectionist too and I am the kinda of people that do a lot of things together at the same time.. I embrace mistakes and bad situations, I think they literally add spices to our lives..
Thank you for everything… so grateful to stop by your blog.. keep it up!!



Ms. Becca August 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

We can definitely become friends Arwa! I’ve added your blog to my reader and am looking forward to more posts 🙂 I like your idea that mistakes literally add spice to our lives. Thanks for the kind words and have a great day!


Molly August 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

Yes!! I had a similar experience traveling in Australia. I essentially found myself in Syndey and completely out of money, short of a box of crackers for two days I was out of luck. At first I was worried but I spent the days walking everywhere, napping in the park, sleeping in the airport terminal and really had one of the best times I’ve ever had anywhere. It really proves that you don’t need a lot to be happy and that wonderful things can come from seemingly bad situations. Way to go on finding a way to spend time at your dream cabin, how amazing is that??


Ms. Becca August 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

That is awesome. Seriously, how can you go wrong hanging out in the parks and chilling out all day? Great story, Molly! Thanks for sharing!


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