The month of July reminds me of a certain phenomenon that occurs when I drive on the highway for a long trip and finally exit onto residential roads again. At first, I struggle to monitor my speed. I'm accustomed to moving faster, accelerating constantly. I have to train myself to slow down and move at the reduced pace.
That's July for my life. I downshift. I've left behind the superhighway pace of the typical semester. Late last week, once final grades were submitted, I turned off the high-traffic, bustling road of summer teaching.
In July, life doesn't propel me forward in the same way it does during other months. I learn to navigate my daily roads more slowly, more deliberately.
Before I know it, the time will come to pick up the pace once more, but for now, I'll savor how July invites me to live life in the slow lane.
Image compliments of Josh Lowensohn.