Do you ever have the urge to get away from the house for just a little while but don’t know what to do? Are you tired of seeing walls? Do you get the feeling of wanting to see something new or be in natural surroundings? I regularly take time away by going for a drive or walking in a park. I like to explore the many natural areas that are not far from the city–and I don’t even need a 4×4! Seeking new experiences helps me get out of my head and be curious about life around me. My body starts to breathe easier when I see the morning sunshine or smell rain on trees.
My husband and I took time for a Sunday drive to get ‘out’ and get ‘into’ relationship–with each other and with life. I picked a direction, got fuel and snacks and started driving. I thought to myself, ‘I don’t know where I’m going, but I’ll know it when I get there.’ So I drove, looking out for ‘there’.
I took a turn down an unfamiliar road–something new! Wow, lots of hills and curves–yes! I want this experience. Kept driving until, ‘there’–a good place to stop for a while. I stopped on the side of a road amid grass fields, overlooking a tiny lake. Aaah, quiet. It was just any road; just any tiny lake, fields, trees and fences–and my curiousity was ignited. What is that snow-topped mountain far in the distance? What will these trees look like in the summer? Where does this road go?
I watched out the windows and laughed–we were surrounded by crows and red-winged blackbirds. Delight! Groups of birds took flight together and landed while others danced in a muddy driveway. Some were picking seeds with their pointy beaks. Action was all around. They were putting on a show for us just by going about their ordinary business. I felt enveloped in life. What a treat. How extraordinary!
It felt like time to drive again and see what was around the next corner. I was eager to witness more ordinary gifts. I was glad to share those simple moments with my loved one. I felt content to make my way home again–refreshed, excited and curious.