I could take the main drag or I could take a side street.. to and from my daughter's school to our house. Even when she has to be there early, we drive in high traffic. Coming and going, any time of day, the main road is more stressful.. And at certain points from one end to the other, it has a few of the most deadly intersections in the country. Hardly anything to boast about, but it makes my point. The back road, on the other hand, is not as busy.. For one thing, it's residential, and I take great comfort in driving at a slower pace knowing I won't kill myself looking.. at the scenery.. I just don't mind being distracted by...
Like that lady's husband who's jogging towards me. Ooooh! And that other married man.. jogging away! Hmmmmm.. And over there! That guy fixing his flat.. These guys know I'm watching, you think?.. But.. Oh my. There's no sin in looking. Keep your eyes on the road, Jackie. Keep your eyes on the road.
And see that million dollar dad, in his million dollar car, down there? Delivering his million dollar son to his .03% of a million dollars public school teacher? I wonder if he belongs to one of those million dollar homes with those million dollar lawns.. Could his be the yellow brick house that stands out from all the rest? With those beautiful French doors and windows and wisteria arches? Oh. And TP in the trees? LOL..
So many more lovely and visibly obscure people and homes and goings on.. to see when you take the scenic route. Offering the less fortunate just enough of a sneak peek to inspire, or wonder.. who Bernie Madoff screwed? Or who's getting by, or who's struggling.. by their own hands? Or the man?
Looks can be deceiving, you know.
But I'd rather have this scenery than deal with what's going on on the main drag.. where the 10 ton pickup truck driver enjoys tailgating little cars whilst he sucks cigarette butts and hits repeat on Lee Greenwood's "Proud to Be An American." Or that mom in her SUV text messaging.. whilst making a mad dash over to Starbucks from clear across 3 lanes!
Life is good and can be made more simple and stress free.. If we choose to take a different route occasionally. Get off the main road. Take the scenic route. Cast our eyes on some different things. Different people. Have some different experiences. See things as they really are.. or as they are not. Find out something new.. Ask.. Is it true? Look, and you will see that taking the scenic route can be quite an eye full!