"In all the ways we are different, we are still the same..."
The more I travel and explore the world around me, the more I learn, and it gets me thinking. All at once over 7 billion of us inhabiting this planet with the same needs of food, clothing and shelter and mainly the same desires of health and happiness, yet we do things our own way.
On a recent weekend, I was part of a group of 52 Slingshot riders driving a three-hour loop around Lancaster. All unique vehicles, not one alike and folks representing so many demographics united together for an afternoon of fun. As we meandered the winding roads through rolling hills of green, I was in full pleasure mode, taking in the gorgeous scenery and landscape of Amish Country.
My camera, always at the ready helped me capture many moments of the road trip as well as the local life abounding in fields and farms as we passed by. The Amish travel slower than we do, with bicycles, horses and carts and I wondered what they thought of our wild looking band of Slingshots traversing the countryside. I began pondering their way of daily living and I see the positives undoubtedly, but I also like riding in cars as well as two and three wheeled vehicles. Laundry flying high in the wind or placed in an electric dryer, just because a way of doing things is different, does not mean it is better or worse exactly, it is what we each prefer.
Translating that to my own mindset I say live and learn and use what you can where you can to make each day the best possible version of today it can be. The Amish ways of simplicity offer us a chance to reflect on our situations and see where it may benefit us to slow down, pare down and make things simpler. I say just breathe, inhale in all the good, bring a smile to your face, raise it to the sun and be glad you are alive.
Whether riding on three wheels or relying on horsepower we are doing our best to get by with more in common than most often meets the eye.