Yesterday, I was driving back from dropping my son off at school. Many travel routes in Northern Delaware were congested due to a truck flipping over and dumping copper pennies all over I-95 in Delaware. This caused havoc with traffic for the next 18 hours. I drove down 301 South. As I drove near an exit for Chestertown, MD, I made a decision to take some time for myself. I visited Chestertown many years ago in one of those odd moments in my life that didn’t make sense until later.
My wife would be picking up my son from school so I knew I had some time to kill. I decided to drive down to the part of Chestertown where the Chester River winds pass. I needed time to myself. Away from Delaware. Away from the craziness of it all. Away from the DOE, the charters, the districts, the campaign signs, the legislators, all of it. A chance to recharge my batteries. I already know upcoming things I will be writing about. Things that will be vastly different from anything I’ve written before. I’m scared and excited at the same time. It will be a radical shift.
As I walked to the Pavillion overlooking the river, I noticed how quiet it was. It was almost majestic. I just stood there, enjoying the silence. It looked exactly the same as it did years ago. Nothing had changed. But I had. I don’t take these moments as much as I used to. I need to. To keep things in perspective.
I didn’t stay super long, but enough to just calm down and relax. To see the beauty in this world with fresh new eyes. To remind myself that no matter what happens, it is still there if you take the time to see it. I thought of my friend who lost his life in this town 24 years ago. I thought of my mom who passed a few years ago. I thought about 9/11 and the 15th anniversary of that horrific day. I wasn’t sad. I was at peace, for the first time in a long time. I still feel the dead guiding me in ways I can’t explain. Time is passing by. Every single day I breathe life. We all have a purpose no matter what it is. Once you find out what that purpose is, you need to hold on to it and not let a moment pass you by. But sometimes, you need to take the time to pause, to slow down. To appreciate what has come before, what we have now, and the promise of what lies ahead. It’s time to begin, isn’t it?