Highway Driven

Posted by John Lindsay on 18th December 2012 in News

I was riding my bike on the same road I’ve driven a thousand times yet I was noticing things for the first time: a lawn ornament; the unevenness in the pavement; the unique differences of each home and garden. When I drove the same street in my car, I saw houses and trees but not their uniqueness and character. It seemed to me when you travel faster than you’re designed to, you diminish the capability to discern the distinctiveness and quality of the objects you encounter.

Who’d have guessed by moving faster than we ought, we’d blur our vision and lose our appreciation for detail? We should have known buying time would cost us something; not the least of which, our peace of mind. Behind the contorted expressions we fire toward one another when someone gets in our way, we all know we should slow down. Even in light of the staggering statistics of accidents which, ironically, are caused by the same vehicles with which we have designed to protect ourselves, we turn a deaf ear and numb emotion to the casualties which continue to pay for the status symbols to which we have enslaved ourselves.

Is it too late to change and recapture the wonder of life along the way? I don’t think so. I hear it’s as easy as riding a bike.

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