The road is long. There are twists and turns and sometimes they come fast and by surprise. You’ll find endless, flat expanses where not much seems to happen and encounter hills that go steeply up–and hills that go steeply down. Some days the skies are going to open up with driving snow, thick fog or stormy weather and visibility will diminish and you’ll realize that you can’t see what’s up ahead. Smooth roads will give way to bumps and potholes which you will try to dodge but, the truth is that you won’t always see them and you’ll feel the jolt as you grip the steering wheel and try to stay on course. You’ll get lost. And found. And lost again. There could be a backseat driver who tries to tell you which way to go and interlopers who will try to hitch a ride. You’ll get the bird from someone with road rage, hit every red light in town, fall asleep at the wheel, run out of gas and maybe even crash and burn but, rest assured, before too long, you’ll be back in the driver’s seat. Some days you’ll have company along for the ride and other days it’s going to be just you, your favorite tunes and the wind in your hair.
But, the next time you see the sign for the scenic overlook, do yourself a favor and pull off. Because, really, you’ve wondered what’s up there all these years, haven’t you? Pull off and take a look. Drive up that curious, little road where only a few other drivers have gone to take a break from life in the fast lane. Get out of your car, stretch your legs, take a deep breath and try to imagine how many miles make up this glorious view before you. And know that you have the time. It will only take a moment.
It’s a beautiful day. Don’t overlook the overlook.
TRY THIS WEEK: Pull off.