Yesterday my son turned six. I have no idea where the time went.
I remember I used to get to pick up my son from daycare. There was nothing like the joy I felt when my little buddy would run into my arms after having waited all day for my return.
Our ride home was a short one. About 5 minutes tops. On the way home my son always asks if Mommy and “Beel” (his sister Bailey) were home. Usually we don’t know until we turned the corner and could see the driveway. Once we pulled up and put the car in park I would unbuckle him from his car seat and let him go. What he did next always tickled me because it was so innocent and because it was something that never occurred to me.
My son would climb out of his car seat and proceed to take a wide turn around the back of the car. Eventually winding up at the front door. I on the other hand. Being the sensible adult. Took the shortest path to the front door. Why wouldn’t I?
Then again, why are we always looking for the shortest path? Most of us have our daily routines down the minute. How long it takes to shower, get dressed, drive to work, etc. We usually attempt to complete most of these tasks as fast as we can, leaving little time for variation.
Why do we do this? From what I’ve gathered in my 46 years, taking the shortest or quickest path does not make any experience more enjoyable. If anything, it causes us to “tack on” one more thing that we previously did not have time for.
What if we stopped trying to have as many mediocre moments as possible and started working on having a few more awesome moments?
I think it is worth a try.
I think we all need to learn from our kids and start taking a few more wide turns. Taking wide turns might prevent us from checking everything off our to do list. But I’m fairly certain sure it will help us add to our fun pile. And, really isn’t that more important?
So go ahead. Take a wide turn today. My guess is you will be glad you did.
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it.
Antoine de Saint Exupery