Remember a time when people used to enjoy the journey as much as the destination? I sure do.
These days, it seems that innocent joy is gone – spread to the four winds. People run a blinding speeds with blinders on, concentrating all of their energy on getting from “point A” to “point B” as fast as humanly possible – and to heck with who stands in their way!
We have gone from an easy-going society to an instantly-gratified, ego-centric, self-absorbed, entitlement-minded, gimme-gimme-gimme society………not a great statement of how our country, or even our world seems to be these days. If people don’t have it right now, and exactly how they want it, they turn into raving, bawling, yelling, monsters who seem to have regressed to the mentality of a 5-year-old.
Oh wait………that’s putting a bad name on 5-year-olds. I apologize. I digress……..onward.
People tend to drive as fast and as reckless as possible, because gosh darn it, people had best get out of my way because I’m going to get to where I’m going, and I’m more important than everyone else around me! Who cares if I cut them off – they aren’t as important as ME! Yeah…….that’s it right there – this is the “ME Generation” – where it’s all about ME and who cares about YOU. Wow….is this what we have come to? If you look around, that’s sure what it seems to be.
BUT………..not all is what it seems all of the time. Every once in a while…….you see that glimmer of hope.
You see that person who actually takes the time to ride a bike – or walk – from “point A” and “point B”, and is in no hurry whatsoever. Sometimes you will still see that person who takes the time to hold open the door for a stranger, and seeing the other person appreciate it with a smile and a “thank you” – a phrase that seems to be absent so much of the time. Sometimes, you see a person actually relaxing on a bench, watching the traffic go by, not even waiting for a bus – just watching people go by them……silently watching the progression of people as they race by – totally oblivious to the person on the bench who watched them zip by, weaving in and out of traffic, chomping down on a burger and yakking on their cell phone.
As disproportionate as it seems between those in a hurry and those that are not, at least there are those who are not in a hurry at all – they still do exist, and they still live among us…….and that…….is a wonderful thing all on its own.