These vary, case by case, and are usually caused by reason. We’re conditioned to design rituals within and between our days that optimize for time and drive wanted results. But now and again, we might remember that that was never the point of living our days. Although logic is a great tool, it might not always be the best rule used in every approach. The purpose of life is much less calculated than that.
Although certain threats might fall into one category, it’s not wise to shun the category itself. From one ritualistic approach, that might seem correct, but a separate view of the same situation shows otherwise… When always at sea level, everything seems to build up, but many have never known anything but the mountains…
Days ago, I was walking around downtown Los Angeles at night. After a few long walks with stops for dinner and drinks, Chloe and I were making the trek from Broadway to the car, parked in Westlake. Our experience that night thus far had been largely on street level and near Skid Row. A large event made the area especially fun, but there was a lot of looking up (to attractions) and down (to our feet). When passing Pershing Square,I remembered of a fun rooftop I’d heard of recently and walked into a door. And then an elevator. And then another elevator, and finally passed a door man.
Downtown Los Angeles, especially north of 5th Ave on Broadway can be an utterly unattractive place to be. But removed from the situation in a direction not thought of, it was absolutely mesmerizing. (*Shout out to the beer for the buzz.*) And all at the same time, we could have looked straight down to see Pershing Square from a brand new perspective, one much more similar to the initial plans of the architects and city planners that envisioned it.
This isn’t to say you need to build skyscrapers to escape your daily monotony. But it is a friendly reminder to open the door you never had before. To take a chance in the direction that you stumbled. And to never assume it’s all “like this” all the time.
The newer views aren’t the fewer views. They’re just waiting for your “normal” to find them.
- 7Ply Epic