“If you can find a way to add some adventure to a mundane daily commute, I suggest you do that. Life is too short, my friends.”
At least an hour of each of my working days is spent commuting. If I am traveling at a time when there isn’t heavy traffic, I can drive from my home in South Carolina to my school in
North Carolina in about a half an hour. Since I work in Charlotte, North Carolina, traffic can become quite congested, adding considerable time to my commute.
Since I begin receiving students in my classroom at 7:15 a.m., most days of the year I arrive at work when it is still dark outside.
There are lights to greet me each morning whether they are artificial or natural light.
There are times when the full moon is absolutely stunning as it shimmers just beyond our building.
One morning, a scene in a building I pass each day at the middle school that shares our parking lot caught my eye. I decided to take a picture of what I saw as I entered the parking lot each day as my picture for that day.
Leaving my home just ten minutes later can result in experiencing extremely heavy traffic near my school. I arrive at work at the same time that the neighboring high school students make their way to school. This can cause heavy traffic jams, particularly on rainy days.
The next time you are commuting to work, take the time to really see the things you pass on your way.
I spent my first two years of my teaching career teaching on Edisto Island, South Carolina. My commute from West Ashley was an hour each way. I certainly wish I had taken a picture a day of that extraordinarily beautiful commute. Those images will just remain in my memories.
There are images everywhere. I am thankful for this project which is helping me really see and experience things fully each day.