You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
The Prius on the ND hills at sunset...
The next morning, I looked at the map again to see what the rest of my route to Portland looked like, and realized I was passing right through the city where my aunt lives, who I had not seen since my dad 2 years ago, and who I hadn't been able to get to know much before that. So, I sent her a Facebook message, and quickly received a reply, that I was welcome to come, so even thought it meant a very long day's drive, it meant a very short drive the next morning, and off I went.
Heading off to the last dance of this convention, so leaving it at that again, but looking forward: leaving Portland in the morning until the 8th, when I get on an airplane to Hawaii. I got back into touch with my stepmom, who I had also last seen when my dad passed, and am excited that I get to go spend some time with her. We are going to the local fair, playing cribbage, and getting some good catch up time. I have really missed seeing her, so really looking forward to it.