We have so many choices on the road of life. We can take the high road, the low road, the road to excess, the road to progress, freedom’s road, new roads and the roads you could drive blindfolded. There are uphill climbs and slippery slopes and of course the road you never saw coming.
When we check the rear view mirror we can see with clarity what we missed and where we choose the less desirable path out of ignorance, confusion or selfishness. Sometimes I think I missed a million miles of road I should’ve seen.
Road trips are like rites of passage. You venture out on the open road not really knowing what you will see, find or be forced to deal with on your way to where you think you want to go.
The excitement is in the journey itself.
I still love a good road trip. Unfortunately, I drive way too fast, looking straight ahead at the road in front of me. I often miss the good stuff that is simply a quick turn to the left or right. I am always in a hurry it seems, to see something I imagine to be better. It usually isn’t.
The following is a list of incredible sights I missed because I was moving too fast to catch a glimpse.
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller
Over the years, I’ve learned to slow down (just a little) because it has been clear that the quiet, unexpected moments often hold the most treasured visions -whether it is a sunset over a peaceful harbor or my daughter skipping home from school.
I am learning to savor the moments and take the long way, the quiet path a little more often.
Please tread just a little lighter on our beloved planet today. Do something, no matter how small, to help preserve it’s beauty for future generations to enjoy all the many things we were too busy to see and appreciate.
Slow down, gaze in your rear view mirror. What have you missed?