As a dog owner, lover and photographer, I’ve spent a lot of time observing dogs. Luckily, I’ve picked up a few tips from my canine friends, who have a lot to teach us about living. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from dogs is that the car ride is just as fun as the destination.
As humans, we tend to focus on “getting there”, wherever “there” is. The grocery store. School. Work. Our vacation spot. We tend to view the things in between here and there as obstacles. Traffic lights. Slow drivers. Detours. And the tedious distance that must be covered.
But what about all of that great stuff that exists between here and there? If you think there is nothing interesting between point A and point B – let’s say, your home and the local grocery store – take your dog with you the next time you head out and you’ll notice a few things.
First, your dog will be excited about the trip that you are viewing as a chore.
Second, your dog has no idea where he is going, but he is excited anyway.
Third, your dog will be fully engaged with his senses – looking out the window, sniffing the air, and feeling the breeze in his face – literally taking it all in while you tune it all out, focused on your destination.
Finally, your dog will show you that there is plenty to bark about between Point A and Point B!
So the next time you hop in the car, be sure to stick your head out the window, let your ears blow in the breeze and take in all of the scents of the world around you. Consider taking a road you’ve never explored before to feel the excitement of the undiscovered. And let yourself enjoy the car ride as much as the destination.