We’ve arrived in June and one of the things that people used to really associate with summer were long rides off in the country. Now that’s something that people who ride bikes do more than those of us with cars, but many of us have a memory of being in the country on a road trip or just taking that Sunday drive. The thing that always awed and perplexed me was how there wasn’t necessarily always a destination. That people would just drive for a couple of hours, see whatever they saw and that was the whole point.
As I was thinking about long summer drives in the countryside I also got to thinking about how we move through stages of our lives. Sometimes we have seemingly little choice and it’s all thrust on us and we have to move quickly in a period of days or weeks or at most 6 months, while other times it seems like days are twice as long and years take decades to pass. But there’s a difference between things progressing slowly and choosing to move through things slowly and with care.
Sometimes the best thing is to take it one day at a time, to not plan a lot into the future, to work one small change into your life each week or month and slowly build on it, knowing that your future will be built on these small moments. Maybe we’ve got it wrong that we don’t do Sunday afternoon drives anymore or just laze by the lake. Maybe we need to build more of those slow tours into our lives rather than rushing and constantly trying to beat the clock. Maybe what we need most is the patience and willingness to stop and smell the roses rather than just focusing on a destination.