Thursday, 4 April 2013

Where are you going?

I love maps. I came across dozens when I sorted through some stuff recently, and opening one instantly transported me to a completely different place. On a map, everything's so organised. If you want to get from A to B, it's generally pretty easy to see how you should go about it. You can see where places are, relative to others. And of course you can carry your map with you, to help in case you get lost.

I can't help thinking how helpful it would be to have a special map that would do for living what a conventional one does for travelling, but life's twists and turns are usually pretty unpredictable. Maybe this is unfortunate, or perhaps it's good. It certainly keeps you on your toes. However, even if there's no piece of printed paper to help you navigate through today, I think it does help to have a broad idea of where you're headed.

Not always easy, I know. I've always liked these lines from Alice in Wonderland, though:

'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'

'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.

'I don't much care where,' said Alice.

'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.

Where are you going to go today?