Monday, 14 August 2017

Rambling's Road

All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy.
All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All work no play makes Joel a very dull boy. All..... well you get the idea.

In life we all want to choose a path and stick to it - well most of us anyway. It will be okay just as long as we stick to the yellow brick road. Unfortunately for all but a very few, that is not quite so simple. Obstacles and distractions blind us and whether by our own decisions or by circumstances beyond our control, we will stray from that path. Life is far more complex than Dorothy's dream sequence (what do you mean spoiler? If you haven't read or seen The Wizard of Oz yet it's your problem).

There are many paths, some paved with gold, others with a succession of pitfalls. There are the yellow brick roads, the paths laid out before us by the powers that be, to get us through life without scraping a knee, or bumping our heads. Dorothy may have realised 'there's no place like home' but for others it is more a case of 'there's no place for home'. Life can be pretty crappy but Darwin had it right in one way. He didn't hold with this 'survival of the fittest' nonsense. Nor did he believe it is the most intelligent who have the upper hand. The key to survival is adaptability.

No matter how good our intentions life will throw us a curve-ball or deliver a googly (nothing to do with Google, Google it). The path we perceive as the correct one is not necessarily so. We have to be adaptable and stray from the path, out of our comfort zone. That path has merely brought us to where we are currently, it's irrelevant, life will not let us regress. Suddenly our plans are derelict and we need to improvise. Rough country ahead is fraught with hidden dangers, but there are also hidden gems along the way. Suddenly the paved road we left behind is mundane, an existential necessity for a quiet life. We are blessed with life, just one. Do we really want to ramble along some imaginary preordained path eking out an existence? Even if we do there is no guaranteed safe route, and ultimately que sera, sera. Or would you rather abandon the mind-numbing monotony and explore.

I have never had any real direction. Every time I think I have found the correct path I find it leading down another route I never expected to go. People can spend their whole life looking for their path, their goal, their destiny. Do they even have one? Now I tend to go with the flow and if it takes me to the wilderness, so be it. I've trodden rough ground before and no doubt will again but destiny has taken me this far and I'm still here where many wouldn't be.

So here I am rambling again. I don't know what lies ahead, but in the grand scheme of things it is inconsequential anyway. So goodbye yellow brick road, I'm off cross country looking for gems and trying to avoid the bear traps. One day I will find my nirvana, I hope you find yours.


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