|Distant, yet somehow connected|
Somewhere in SW Ontario
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We all know what they say about it being all about the journey and not the destination. I suspect they're right. Sure, you get in a train or a plane with the intent of going somewhere. Otherwise, what's the point? But between now and then, here and there, you've got a whole bunch of time that's yours to enjoy.
So will you put on the noise-cancelling headphones and eyeshades and sleep it all away? Or like so many minivan-bound kids today, do you spend it immersed in some movie on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or DVD player?
As much as I value the technologies that make long trips seem that much shorter, part of me still cherishes the very simple act of sitting by the window and watching the world slip by. We see things we wouldn't see closer to home, glimpses of places and lives very different from our own. We feel what it's like to be strangers, however briefly, in distant places.
It's been three years since I sat on a westbound train and thought about what awaited me when I got home, yet I can still feel the warmth of that late winter afternoon every time I stare at this shot. I was far from home, but the lovely scenery flying by my window reminded me how connected I really was.
Your turn: How do you get more from the journey?