These are the routes I travel at least a couple of times a week - usually bound for some sort of meeting.
DH travels them daily.The top two photos are of Ou Kaapse Weg, which goes through a nature reserve in the mountains.
The last one is of Boyes Drive above Muizenberg
Both have exquisite views and both are destinations for enthralled tourists,
specially Boyes Drive -
(the scene of the recently set new record for greatest number of surfers on one wave).
Maybe the word "routine" speaks of the numbed mindset resulting from travelling the same route over and over again.
My mind was set on my destination -
I was oblivious to my surroundings
I may as well have been blind.
(Except I would have crashed the car - no, I'm being silly - but you know what I mean, hey?)
This thought was like a wake up shake:
"Don't miss the journey: look! see! enjoy! embrace! Its just as important as the destination"
I did - and could be awestruck again.
How many times do we do that in life?
We are so set on some future goal:
getting a degree; a job; the right guy;
having kids sleep through;
getting them weaned;
having them go to school;
finding purpose in a post-child-rearing part of life
But always something in the future.
It is SO easy to miss the scenery of every day; the beauty of where we are right now.
I know this is an old story - another way of saying
"Live in the moment; carpe diem."
But with the way we are wired,
I think we need reminding
Well, I sure do