There are cities that actually close their streets on big shopping days to let people walk right through the middle…in this shot they even put out tables and chairs for people to stop, eat, rest, enjoy! Look how many people stepped off the sidewalks and are travling right through the middle of the city. It’s kinda like organzied chaos…mass retail rebellion.
Behind the scenes you know there were taxi drivers, people driving home, even locals who forgot this was the day they close the main street for shoppers. They are probably frustrated trying to find a way to get to their destination without being able to travel this road. I can hear the grumbling now…How about you? How do you react when the main road gets blocked? How do you process your moments of frustration? Do you scream, cuss, throw things, yell…or do you shutdown? Do the people around you know there is something wrong, or do you bottle it up inside so no one sees? Do you need time to process, or do you let your emotions out during your times of challenge?
However you deal with it, you need to deal with it. Keeping it bottled up on your emotional side streets will get you no where. You will be the lost driver trying to maneuver their way home without a clue of when they will get there. During the rest of today, when you encounter frustrating situations, I encourage you to deal with it…find a way to get where you are going while stepping off the side walk. Find you way and you will feel the triumph.
This custom metal sculpture makes me smile. It is the embodiment of how I want a Sunday afternoon drive to feel. The window down, my head stuck out experiencing the wind in my hair…not a care in the world. And best of all, someone else would be driving. You’ve seen dogs that do this…they are enjoying every minute of the ride. No particular plans, no where to go, just glad to be in the car with their people.
When was the last time you rolled down your window and messed up your hair in the wind? When was the last time you let someone else drive and just went along for the ride? When was the last time you traveled just to be with the people? I double dog dare you to let go, let someone else drive, and let the ride take you where it may…tongue wagging is entirely optional.
Here you see my husband walking down a side street in Tokyo. We looooovvveee the side streets. They provide a completely different view of the city, the people, and allow us to see how the regular people live. Traveling the side streets means there is no plan, no timetable, and we usually see something that we would have missed in only traveling on the main streets.
Isn’t that true about life in general? If you only do what everyone else does, you only experience what everyone else has already experienced. There is nothing unique, different or challenging. It’s all the same as everyone else’s world. I once had a wise man tell me…if you want to get ahead, look at what the masses are doing and do the exact opposite. Don’t follow the crowd, walk away from the crowd.
Today I ask you to travel a side road in your world. Get off the main road and look for a different perspective. Find the place few people go and create an adventure all your own. If you always travel the same route home, turn and go a different way. It’s time to take a side street and experience something different.