Both my work and days off take me into different parts of Trumbull County. I've traveled the two-lane country roads, the four-lane roads and the interstate highways on different days and at various times. One thing that never ceases to surprise me is the relative ease of getting around the county. I am grateful for how easy it is to get from point A to B then to C and back to A again.
It doesn't matter if I am going to the Eastwood Mall with my wife for some shopping or going to the dentist in Cortland or going into Kinsman for some sightseeing or going to meet with someone for work; the road system here is pretty good. There doesn't seem to be much traffic, either. This slower pace of life kind of grows on you over time. I am not going to pretend that it is an easy adjustment, but it is possible.
The problem for me sometimes is comparing what I used to have where I lived with what I have now. There really is no comparison between the two places. The former was an urban/metro area and the current is a rural/country area. Both areas take time to transition into comfortable living.
I try to keep my thoughts in balance and appreciate what I have instead of longing for what I used to have. I try to be flexible and adapt instead of getting upset with what seems foreign to me.
I do a lot of driving every day and every week. Sometimes I hear people complain about traffic and I smile as I think about traffic where I used to live and compare it to here. I guess it is all relative to what you are used to, but it really is easy to get around here.
Some people have told me that I won't be so optimistic when winter comes, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Things will get a little messy and the travel will be slower, but I am going to trust the snowplow drivers to clear a path for me and the rest of the drivers. The roads will be the same, there will just be some snow on them.
I'm looking forward to learning more about Trumbull County and all it has to offer while I'm driving around.
Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.