Life Lessons From Foggy Canyon Drives

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web” – Pablo Picasso

There is an inherent duality that exists in dark, foggy canyon at night which is eeriness and beauty. As with everything in life, there is a choice to which perspective one takes- and I choose to see the beauty. From the nature surrounding the sleek, damp winding road to the glow of street light protruding off of the tree leaves, there is an overwhelming calmness that consumes both by mind and body while cruising the curves.

During my commute home from work tonight on Mulholland, I was slowed by a row of cars ahead of me as the one in front was driving very cautiously. It was then that I had a realization that the car leading the pack was much like a person forging a different path or creating something new. Everyone following was probably feeling the same sense of urgency, anxiety, and frustration of being stuck behind the leading slower car, but what I thought of was that the driver did not have the light of other cars in front of him/her to guide like we did. As the leader, (s)he was traveling down the road with no cues or light to see where s(he) was headed. S(he) had to continue by his/her own volition or continue to propel forward by the sheer force of those trailing behind.

In essence, everything is based on perspective, so it takes understanding to empathize with those in different positions than our own. Like the cars, each person is born with a different privilege affecting our purpose. We may all have the same genetic makeup (like all cars have an engine, wheels, doors, etc), but we are divided by how and where we are made.

So, when feeling like you are coming in last place, take a moment to realize that you can learn from those ahead of you and that you are, in fact, leading all of those who will come after you.


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