The Lights of Vegas! They’re really bright, and clear, and motivating, and inspiring. I’ve never been to Las Vegas. I’ll make it there eventually. It’s a universal thing. You don’t have to go there to know that the lights guide you. The City of Lights. And all that.
Life doesn’t work like that. When you go to Vegas, you’re specifically going to Vegas to get away. I’m assuming. You make the decision that you’re going to Vegas, and that you’re going to ‘let loose’ and enjoy yourself. You go and you have a good time and you come home. You know the risks and what you’re willing to spend in advance. And by ‘spend’ I mean in both dollars and life choices.
Life doesn’t work like that. Did I mention that yet? You don’t always know the risks of the path you’re going to take before you take it. We all know how to get to Vegas, even if we’ve never been. So how do you know what the risks are before you take any given path? You don’t. I wish I had better news for you.
It all depends on how you see the choices you make in life. Some people give absolutely no thought whatsoever to the path they’re taking all the while they’re taking it. Some people give so much thought to the path they’re about to take that they never ‘really’ take any path at all. Everyone makes their own choices about the path that may lie ahead of them, or the path that lay ahead that they may or may not take. Right or wrong depends on your perspective and your choice or not to take any given path.
Vegas is bright, and for the most part you know what choices you are or aren’t making before you go anywhere near Vegas. If you’re a person who tries to make as many good choices as possible before you head down any given path, you focus hard on how clearly you can see the outcome that lies ahead should you choose to go down said path. Or not. Sometimes, you can see the end of a path very clearly before you even turn onto it. Sometimes, the path is so convoluted and complicated that there is no hope of knowing what may or may not lie at the end of it without actually travelling it. Sometimes. Life is all about ‘sometimeses’. All. More often than not, the ‘sometimeses’ are far more important than the ‘alwayses’. More often than not.
Yet, this story is about vision. How clearly can you see the end of the path ahead? You can’t. I’m sorry. The path that you can see to the end of clearly without actually travelling the path… well that path isn’t worth taking. You can see how it ends without actually taking it to the end. Where is the fun, adventure, or the education in taking a path which you can see the end of? I don’t know. I don’t go down those paths. Why would I? I can see all the way to the end of those paths. Why bother travelling them?
The best paths are those which twist and turn to an extent that you can’t adequately see the end of them by simply looking down them. Some of them are treacherous. Some of them are amazing. You can’t get the ‘amazing’ without risking the potential dangers. These are the best paths. Sometimes they result in amazing rewards. Sometimes they result in unforeseeable tragedy. You don’t get the ‘amazing’ without the potential for ‘disaster’. This is simply the way of things, and I’m just the messenger. I want to tell you that I’m sorry about all of that, but I’m not even a little bit sorry. You can’t win big if you don’t play. You don’t get big rewards from small risks. It is the way of things. I can’t change it and neither can you. We can only choose which path we take.
Some paths are foolishly, obviously, dangerous. What you can see from the entrance of the path tells you very clearly that you would be a fool to enter at all. There is no potential for reward regardless of your valor or desire to take risks.
Some paths have an obvious potential for security. You can see far enough down the path that you know what lies ahead, yet you could feign adventure by convincing those around you that you think adventure may lie ahead even though you can see very clearly (although only barely) that the adventure is only imagined and/or hoped for.
The best paths? The intricately elusive ones. You can see down them soooo far that you believe that you know what’s at the end, even though you can’t actually see the literal end. Yet, you also can’t actually see the end of the path, which leaves you wondering what’s at the end. Is it what you believe is there from experience? Do you have 10 years of experience guiding you? 100? 1000? Does it really matter, if you can’t actually see the end of the path? No amount of experience can see through a blind turn. Trust me.
I’m going to tell you a secret. The best paths? Those in which you have to squint to see as absolutely far down them as you possibly can, yet you can’t see far enough to know what may lie at the end. You’re leveraging your 10/100/1000 years of experience against the random chance of the unknown. You’re taking the chance that takes you beyond your years of wisdom. This is the path for you, regardless of your wisdom or your in/experience.
It’s just my opinion. Paths with ease and clarity aren’t worth taking, because you’re wasting your time on a path you’ve already travelled. Paths with wild and imperceptible unknowns are so reckless that you have to have nothing to lose for them to be worth taking.
That path where you find yourself squinting in order to see as far down as possible, and also wondering what lies beyond that bend you can barely see ahead? That’s the path you need to take. No matter who you are or how many paths you’ve travelled.
Squint. It’s how you’ll know which path to take. More accurately, when you find yourself squinting? You’ve found your way…
Cheers from the ThreeFiveZero (lack of) Vision