It happened! November 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm at La Cienega near Durango my steady companion in life, my mystic teal mica Toyota Rav 4 reached 200,000 miles! One day shy of 19 years and 4 months in my life.
Creeping up on this number made me do a lot of thinking about what has changed in my life since I got that car at the beginning of my life in LA. I’ve been reminiscing about the people and animals that have come and gone and how many adventures I took with my dog Riggs. This was the only car he called his.
It’s also hit me that I lost my mom at 19 and 6 days shy of four months. So at the moment the car represents an entire lifetime to me. When I noticed this, I also realized this is happening at a time when I’m taking major steps with The Silent Goldens documentary by reaching out to prominent loss survivors to help support the film and applying for grants.
Though I fear for the longevity of my car, I have no plans or desire to willingly give it up. We are a perfect match. I, therefore, am looking at this new phase as our leap into the unknown. I have never had a 200k mile car and I don’t know what will happen. I, too, am putting myself and this project out there. I have big plans to bring suicide loss survivor issues into the national conversation and am pulling out all the stops.
I wouldn’t say the Rav4 is still the smoothest ride, nor would I say trying to produce a documentary has been, however, we both keep rolling along!