As a child I can remember driving in the car with my mother and getting lost. She would from time to time take alternate routes to her destination while running monotonous errands. Her reasoning for this was never quite clear to me as a child.
She explained to me that she would get lost so that she could explore new areas. So that she could somehow find a new route or a new undiscovered place that she was unfamiliar with.
It didn't make much sense at the time, but now I get what she was doing.
Driving to be found
When I got older I'd have my fair share of opportunities to get lost.
A few years back when I lived in Germany I had such a great time! I lived in a small little village called Hirschorrn. It was a quaint, small place, one a person could easily drive by and not even notice.
Living in this village was a far stretch from someone who was raised around the city life. Being out in the middle of no where sparked an urge to explore. At times I would head out into my car and get lost on the small little roads weaving and connecting the beautiful landscapes of the German countryside.
I never quite knew exactly where I was going, but I figured I'd find out eventually. A part of me got a rush from doing this, a part of me just enjoyed the sense of escape, of not knowing, and somehow always making my way back.
A Simple drive
These memories bring me to the present day.
I'm in the car with my daughter a couple of weeks back. We are driving from her grandparents house and on our way back home. We're taking the common path we always take, not much excitement.
As we drive I take a look back in my rear view and notice the utter boredom on my daughter's face. I look at the path ahead and notice a road I've never explored but always had the intention of doing so.
I say to her "Want to go down a new road today, we might get lost? "
her face lights up with excitement and she replies " Yea, let's do it ! "
We go down the road and indeed get lost, but neither of us cared. We we're both having fun exploring a new area.
Indeed by getting lost we eventually found our way back onto the path we always take home. It was back to the norm, the usual.
These experiences really serve as a greater metaphor for our lives.
Some of us really don't care to get lost, we actually try anything in our power for it not to occur. The fear of the unknown is haunting, it's not the norm, and it's unconventional.
However getting lost is an opportunity to find a new way.
a new way of doing things
a new way of living
a new way of life
It may be a simple ride home, a new destination, or a big change ahead.
Do not fret the path, it may be a new one, but this path will teach you something new.
And learning something new is a good way of getting yourself Unlost.