It’s a New Year. Slow Down, Be Present, and Enjoy the Ride

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to make today worth remembering.” ~ Harold Hill, The Music Man

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a natural time for reflection and planning. Inevitably there’s a feeling of fleeting days, shortening hours, and weeks that have seemed to disappear entirely. I’ve noticed, however, that time extends when it’s filled with new experiences, when I’ve been truly present to experience them. When my focus is on what’s at my feet instead of the screen in my hand. When tight curves and stop signs force undivided attention. When no connection makes me feel more connected to the world around me than the tethers of social media and 24/7 news.

I know I’m not alone in those feelings. The need for all of us to get out there and BE struck me with such force that I didn’t wait for a new year and resolutions. I launched Drive By Towns on October 22, knowing that by the time the calendar flipped to January 1 I’d be ready to fly and to take you along for the ride.

It’s ironic, I suppose, that I’m using an online medium to promote being unplugged, but I’ve always billed The Local Tourist as an online guide to your offline life, and that’s exactly what this site is as well. I hope to provide tools for your travels, inspiration for your destinations, and to transport you to amazing places and introduce you to intriguing people.

Let’s all unplug a little this year. Slow down. Be present. Look up and look life and each other in the eyes. We’ll stretch the hours with memories and our hearts with empathy. Happy New Year!!!