“Travelers are always discoverers, especially those who travel by air. There are no signposts in the air to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh, North to the Orient, 1935
If you think about it, every single second ahead of you is uncharted territory. Even if you’ve “been there” and “done that” in the sense of having performed a certain action previously, everything in the world – including you! – has changed.
One of the wonderful things about children is that they perceive and often acknowledge those changes. Their days rarely become “same old, same old” because their vision and other sensory capacities are more often than not trained on the newness inherent in the circumstances at hand.
As we age, we often allow ourselves to become dull to the ever-present newness of the world around us. This is why so many people become jaded or cynical over time…they think they’ve seen it all and believe from their personal experience that there is nothing new under the sun.
If you get the chance, try to take a few minutes and see the world around you as a child would: with an eye for the newness hidden in it, or exploding from it. You might be surprised at what you discover!
*Photos taken by Gregg Hake in a Piper Saratoga TCII over central Ohio with an Apple iPhone 3GS