Lately, I’ve been engaged in days of aimless wandering. Some on the Vespa through fog shrouded forests. Others on foot during daylight and night. No destination in mind, just allowing myself to drift through the landscape, admiring the world, and wondering what it all means.
Aimless wandering requires a measure of letting go, at least a little, of goals and expectations.
At home, I’ve been tinkering with this website, attending to performance issues and shortcomings that I’ve largely ignored. Examining page speed on the GTmetrix site I was shocked to find how poorly the site was performing. After a few days of intense education I managed to cut the response time in half and achieve passing grades on the test.
I’ve come to realize that I learn a lot about myself when I ride. Or walk. In both cases a space opens where I can have an honest conversation. Over the years riding has progressed from something fun to do, to something more. I hesitate to invoke the term spiritual but it may be the closest term to what I experience when I’m engaged in an aimless wandering — on foot or on two wheels. The methodical and focused actions yield a form of insight that serves as illumination for the man in the mirror.
I’m using the same mirror to try and figure out what value I can bring to the readers of Scooter in the Sticks.
Junior, our Belgian Sheepdog, prods and reminds me that it’s time to walk, to enter the world, to experience life away from and outside of the creature comforts of home. Lately we’ve been visiting the People’s Choice Festival in Boalsburg. Like the Vespa, Junior provides a strong attraction to get up and into the world.
Almost every day Junior and I make our way to this bench where I can write in my journal and he can sit and watch the world move by.
I love this bench. Just as I love the fog shrouded road.
I find far more weirdness on foot than I do on the road. Wandering at night with a dog and a camera I’ve always found it fascinating how different things can appear from hour to hour, minute to minute. Junior and I walked in the dark near 10pm looking at things at the festival.
I’ve been doing the same wandering (and wondering) on this website as it regards content — what I write, what should I write, what will people actually be interested in. Lot’s of ideas surfacing and with it work and experimentation.
In short, I’m enjoying the aimless wandering and the world it brings with it.