After a beautiful morning with my daughter to celebrate Mother’s Day, I found myself feeling a bit antsy. I had a call with a client in the afternoon and as soon as we hung up the phone, I threw my camera gear into a bag and jumped in my car.
I had no agenda, no destination and didn’t look at my GPS once. I knew I wanted to stay in the direction of South as there is only so far I can go before I hit the St. Lawrence River and the US border. Neither of which I can easily (or accidentally) cross over. So, as long as my car’s compass said South, Southwest or Southeast, I let myself roam.
As I drove, I stayed really present. I observed the nature around my vehicle, I watched for interesting things that were just a little off the beaten path and I allowed myself to view the surroundings through fresh, new eyes. It wasn’t hard to do — some of the roads I traveled on were roads I had never laid eyes on before.
The beauty of an open road is that there are no expectations. No rushed, frantic sensation of gotta-get-where-I’m-headed. It was just me, my car, my camera and the ability to soak it all up.
I’d love to challenge you this week to do the same. Hit the open road, grab your camera (or your smartphone!) and head out on an adventure. There is nothing more powerful than reconnecting to your environment and looking at the world through eyes that aren’t tasked to see something specific.
If you do, tag your photos with #OpenRoadOpenHeart so I can see where your heart leads you…
Wander. Lust. Connect.
You deserve it.