Much has been written and sung about the passage of time, and whether we make the most of every minute. We cruise along the road of life like a cross-country family vacation, stopping at pre-determined attractions to have the “time of our lives.” If we look out the window in between, we can also see untouchable wonders gliding by at 67 miles per hour.
As a child in the back seat, I was unable to stop the Chevrolet and explore all the other places I found interesting on the roadside. Now here I am as an adult… metaphorically in the driver’s seat of a sensible car on cruise control. I have the power to stop anytime I want, get out and soak in that place and the people who live there. How often am I really doing that?
For some reason, I have this gnawing feeling there is always something greater just beyond the horizon. I’ve got to keep moving, keep driving, keep working my way toward what lies ahead. The thing is, the horizon never actually arrives. It is an illusion that moves away from you at the same rate you are travelling.
When we were kids, we used to chase after where a rainbow touched down on the earth. We rode as fast as we could across town on our Schwinns, but we could never reach that promised pot of gold. At some point we would stop, breathless, and realize the bike ride together was pretty exhilarating, whether we reached the rainbow or not.
If the horizon works the same, then maybe we should slow down and explore the stops a little deeper along the way. Look around you. The time of your life could be where you are parked right now; your town, your neighborhood, your workplace… even your online community. Have you really gotten to know the locals and made memories that will last for all of you?
Someone needs you, and you’ve got the power to make an impact where you are right now.