I was about 12-years old when one night, I woke up sick.
Like the feeling you get when there are evil elves gnawing at your innards and trying to axe their way out sick…I’m sure you know what I mean.
To my fragile mind, I was certain this was going to be the end of me.
I crawled into my parents’ room with my last confession and so say my final goodbyes. My father rolled out of bed and brought me to the toilet where he handed me a capful of Pepto-Bismol.
I refused to take it.
I told him I was too sick.
“Zack,” he said with the tired sigh of a patient parent needing to go to work in a few hours, “just take it. Look, it will either make you throw up and you’ll feel better, or it will make you feel better and then, well, you’ll feel better.”
Even at death’s doorstep, the logic was sound.
I partook of the bubblegum elixir and slowly, calmly drifted back to sleep on the cool tile floor. Much to everyone’s surprise, I’m sure, I awoke the next day feeling just fine.
This is just like a relationship.
Should you take them to a family dinner?
Should you invite them to the class reunion?
Should you take that next big leap?
I say yeah!
Look, it is either going to work out or not. If you are to the point that you are thinking about taking that dried-up riverbed stroll, then take that next step.
The best Pepto-Bismol for a relationship?
A road trip.
There have been more breakups and relationship jumping off points from road trips than from any other event I can think of. Just pick a place and go there. You may need to turn around half-way, but then again, you may need to take more time off of work.
Because if it isn’t going to work out, you’ll find out quickly.
If it will, you’ll feel better knowing sooner.
Plug your nose, close your eyes and bottoms up baby! It’s going to be a fun ride.