I’ve been walking more than I usually do and it has given me the chance to see things that are impossible to notice when you are travelling at fifty kilometers per hour. I think that it is good some days to be able to stop and slow down, taking the chance to see the world from a different point of view. I feel as though the older I get the faster life seems to pass. And the faster life passes, the easier it becomes to miss things. But when I slow down, even when it’s not for very long, I get a chance to see a few more things before they pass me by.
The other morning I saw rain drops on a pine tree. A perfectly framed image only the human eye is truly capable of capturing. I’ve been noticing the brilliant colours of flowers and the occasional animal. Every day I am struck by something new that I have never noticed before.
But it’s not often I take the time to do this. Most of my life is spent travelling quickly between two destinations. It does serve a purpose, and I’m glad I live in a world where it takes hours not days to visit my family and friends, but convenience always comes at a cost. I can get to more places and see a few big things but in the meantime I’ve lost seeing so many little things.
My life will always be a mixture of being slow and being fast, that is just the nature of the world. Speed allows you to capture the width of life but if you want to capture its depth, take a moment and slow down.