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If we never try, we never fail, and we never grow
I wrote this 100% about Google maps not working and it taking me 3.5 hours to get someplace that was supposed to be a 15-minute walk. As I circled and circled, then re-circled the city I was frustrated–but, then I took a moment to dig deeper. Why was I frustrated? Because I didn’t know how to get there. I wasn’t aware which European cobblestone road twisted and turned into another and where that led to. The base of my frustration was in the lack of knowledge but how could I know what I was doing and be 100% in a routine if I’d never done it before? I reminded myself that it had been a long time since I did something for the first time and that I’d tried something new. It’s okay to not get things right. And, on day two I was able to navigate from my hotel to town without directions. Practice and the will to push forward and continue trying was all that it took. I could feel myself developing and growing in a way that I hadn’t before. There I was in a foreign country walking the streets to a co-working spot on day two from memory.
Sometimes we need to get lost in order to see or understand what we’re looking for
This is also a lesson from being 3.5 hours lost in St. Helier. I realized circling the city the places I passed that stood out to me represented various aspects and were things I may have overlooked on the map. A lot of small bits stood out like the way the road curved, a hidden stall of a popular market, the corner barbershop, and the stillness of the park opposite the entrance. There were moments of adventure, stillness, and curiosity woven into the things that I stumbled upon while lost. I was able to discover beauty where I would not have looked had I stuck to the map I had made for myself.