I grew up in northeastern Ohio, in the city of Massillon. When I was much younger, I had a few jobs that required me to drive all around that part of the state. In high school, during two summers, I worked for a natural gas company and I covered most of the back roads of that northeastern Ohio geography searching for mainlines and meters. I spent a fair amount of time on those rural roads.
When I graduated from college, I took a sales position with Procter and Gamble. My territory stretched from Cleveland, Ohio all the way to Ashtabula, Ohio, along Lake Erie. I regularly drove through the rural areas of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Stark, Summit, Portage, Ashtabula, and Lake Counties selling to small independent grocers. And when I drove I looked. I looked out to avoid animals darting onto the small country roads, for police officers and highway patrolmen to avoid traffic tickets, and I looked to find addresses. And during all of this driving, rarely did I see anything. That's because I was so concerned with getting to where I needed to go.
Well, I'm happy to say that I've changed quite a bit. No, this wasn't a recent epiphany. As I have gotten older I've purposely slowed down so that I can take it all in. I've learned not just to look, but to see. During my recent road trip, I had the opportunity to go through those northeastern counties again. Yes, it was cold and snowy, but the beauty that I had the opportunity to witness was absolutely awe inspiring. For those of you that have never been to Ohio, I have to tell you, it is a beautiful state!
Don't let life pass you by. Don't wait until your twilight years to enjoy what you should have always been enjoying. When you are traveling, take time to visit those historical sites that you read about in school. Take in a sunset or two. Enjoy the gentle churning of the waves as they crash onto the shore - it doesn't matter if it's Lake Erie or the Gulf, enjoy it. And breathe in the wonderful outdoor air. Take time to see!