I found a picture of myself the other day, when I was probably 3 or 4. I am driving one of those old school Little Tikes cars, one hand on the wheel, sunglasses on, just cruisin’.
The first thing I noticed is I still drive like that. That exact pose. It amazed me that no matter how much things change, some things never do. But what I really took away from that picture, was the reminder that sometimes the simplest of things, like taking a drive to just take a drive, can be the best things. In this picture, I am not “driving” to get somewhere, to do something. I am driving because I wanted to. I had a cool car, with some cool shades, and it was clearly a nice day out. As most little children do, I was just enjoying life right in that moment. The simplicity of just living.
When I first started really driving at 16, I remember that driving around was the coolest thing in the world. The independence was thrilling. Just enjoying feeling the wheel under my hand, the wind through my hair, and the scenery of my beautiful Connecticut hometown. I could drive for hours. It was simple, it was enjoyable and I loved just being able to soak up my surroundings in my car. As I have gotten older, sometimes I forget to enjoy the simple things in life, like a long drive on a nice summer day. I get caught up in the everyday tasks. What do I need to get done, where do I need to be, who do I need to call? Forgetting to just enjoy the fact that I am lucky enough to have the gift of life.
This is my reminder to myself and to you: Enjoy the simple things.