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The Call of the WildBy Evan Nehring
Both of my sets of grandparents had plenty of adventures. My parents have had adventures of their own that looked much different than their parents' adventures. I've had an amazing set of adventures at this point in my life, and they look much different than my parents' adventures or my grandparents' adventures. We've all chosen to honor God with our road trips but each of our journeys has had its own flair.
The call of the wild says, "Take your parents' roadmap and throw it out the window." There's a part of that that I respect. We each need to find our own way. I'm so glad, though, that there has been a common thread in the journeys of my grandparents, my parents, and I. What started out in my college years as a need to separate from the conformity pressures of family has become a need to reconnect with the wonderful tradition of family.
I guess what I'm saying is, find your own way but don't burn your bridges. Do what you have to do to separate from your parents and stand on your own, but don't trash your own life and your relationship with them in the process. Both of those things will have indescribable value as you journey along in your own road trip.
I suggest that you follow Billy Shakespeare's advice: "to thine own self be true." Yes, you're out of the house, and you have more freedom than ever before (unless you're stuck in technical rehearsals). Remember who you are and what you want to achieve. Go out there and participate in life! Just don't lose control and let yourself get sidetracked, doing things that you don't really want to do -- simply because you can do them.
 Zach Arrington. Confessions of a College Freshman. (Tulsa, OK: River Oak, 2001), 45.