It is All About Perspective

It is All About Perspective

Sometimes it takes new eyes to appreciate all that is around you. Within the last month, I have had the pleasure of showing two new friends around Goldsboro, and I think I fell in love all over again. There is something about seeing things from someone’s else perspective that makes you look at things a little differently. Now don’t get me wrong, I have come to love Goldsboro. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have photo sessions in the heart of Downtown. But I never really saw it from someone else’s point of view until now. So it is all about perspective.

It is All About Perspective
A picture from one of the photo sessions

Let me begin by saying I am not originally from Goldsboro, I actually grew up in a small town near Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base and only moved here when I graduated high school. Goldsboro (especially downtown) at that time did not have such a sparkling reputation. In fact, most people wouldn’t be caught dead downtown fast forward several years, and now Downtown Goldsboro is thriving with businesses moving in all the time. It is a place that I have watched grow and have grown to love more every day. Now onto the perspective part of the post.

As I mentioned in my post about the question that made me laugh, I was given a choice of where to meet Shari for dinner. I knew in my heart of hearts that downtown and my favorite restaurant, The Laughing Owl, would be the perfect place. Not only because it was my favorite but also because it is right smack dab in the middle of downtown where all the action happens. I will admit that I was a little embarrassed when the drink that Shari ordered the restaurant didn’t carry- ( btw do you know how many times I have heard Resposado (which is a type of tequila) on Real Housewives shows and Vanderpump Rules? Let’s just say I know what it is now.) So I started thinking about what will I be able to show her about my town.

It is All About Perspective
Shari and I exploring Downtown

After dinner, we strolled downtown as she loved all the murals and sculptures around town. She even played the piano we have downtown. I got to play not only tour guide but also photographer for her to be able to capture her picture with her NC Coffee Cup in front of the Goldsboro Mural. I left downtown that night feeling a little proud.

And then just last week, my friend Cassie from Where the Dogwood Blooms, came to town to research some stories about Wayne County and Goldsboro. At first, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to play tour guide because one of my pesky migraines decided to come to visit that morning. But we made a plan to meet up for lunch at Old Waynesborough Park. I figured a lunch picnic would be perfect. And even if I couldn’t hang for long at least I would be able to visit over lunch. That lunch turned into all afternoon.

It is All About Perspective
Cassie, Gracie, and I at the site of the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge

We explored Old Waynesborough Park, the Site of the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge, and then we ended up downtown exploring all that Goldsboro / Wayne County had to offer. As we were walking around, I started thinking of new places to take her next time she visits, and I even found some really cool things that I had never seen before. Go figure.

Surprise Surprise
One of the things I saw was new to me but I know have been there for years. It is right neat the veteran’s memorial.

Cassie lives in another military town that is near and dear to my heart – Fayetteville. As we were talking, I could not help but remember how I used to hear how bad that town was as well. But it is a city that has so many people that I have grown to love and the city is pretty awesome too.

New Perspective
I always wanted to get a picture of this. The first picture ever!!

Seeing Goldsboro through their eyes made me see that sometimes it is all about perspective. Sometimes were are so focused on seeing things one way that we close our eyes to other possibilities. I am glad that two amazing women helped me find new things to love about my new hometown. But they also taught me how to change my perception of things and that sometimes it is good to look at things with a new perspective.

You see y’all it is all about perspective.

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  1. Yes you will have to come do it again. We have so much more to show you. And the Cliffs will be open

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