Slowing Down To Think

It was a late morning.

We started on the road a little after 9:30 am, so we weren’t too bad on time. It was a completely different scene than last night. Instead of seeing the sky blanketed in stars, rivers and lakes stretched in between mountain ranges. Towns were near scarce. Some only appeared to be 200 meters long. It must be amazing to live in such a beautiful place.

Traveling really opens my eyes to the the beauty of the world. The scenery is incredible. I’ve never seen anything quite like this before. Yes, I’ve seen the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains, and even mountains at a distance in Alaska. This just seems different. Maybe it’s myself inflating the beauty that I’m seeing. I can have a tendency to overreact to new situations, including this one.

It’s a weird feeling, I suppose. I’ve been grounded in North America, specifically the United States for my entire life. This year, I’ve been travelling nearly nonstop for about four months. It’s been an incredible experience.

Today was a travel day. I had a lot of down time in the car and thought a lot about life. It’s weird how some things are and then aren’t the next day. It really makes me value what I generally take for granted. It makes me work harder for what I want to achieve in my life. Currently, I’m focused on this trip and living in the moment. I’m always looking ahead though. I’m taking the time to capture the best photos I can. I’m slowing down to capture beautiful cinema to increase my skills. I’m taking time to take care of myself.

And that’s okay. A lot of people rush through life, always worrying about pleasing others. They worry too much about their image as perceived by others instead of working on making themselves happy. In order to help others, I have to be the best self that I possibly can be. It means stepping into the unknown and trying new things. It means taking the time to slow my life down and remembering how I got to where I am.

Slow down every once in a while. Think.

4 thoughts on “Slowing Down To Think

  1. Hi Justin,

    I’ve been following alll your posts, but haven’t figured out how to respond, since I don’t subscribed to any of the social media listed.

    Thanks for your posts and the photos and, in particular, your comments.

    What an education you are receiving! Hope the return to classrooms in Buffalo will not be too much of a letdown.


    Uncle Tony


  2. Justin- this is wonderful! I’m enjoying how introspective you are with these posts and your experience abroad as a whole! You are definitely passing along the travel bug too!!

    Keep it up!



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