I was on the bus travelling home this afternoon.
I climbed to the top deck and chose an empty seat.
I found one that I thought looked good, but as I got closer I noticed that there was a discarded coffee cup on the seat.
So, I did the easy thing – walked past it and chose another seat.
I began to notice that everyone else did the same as me.
That one empty coffee cup stood in everyone’s way and everyone walked past it.
Eventually the top deck of the bus filled up.
Then more people got on.
But instead of moving the cup they either went back downstairs or stood.
Finally, a tall man in a long grey jacket got on the bus.
He walked through the aisle, saw the seat and, with a deft flick of his right hand, moved the coffee cup away.
He sat down and enjoyed the rest of his journey in comfort.
How often in life do we take the easiest way possible?
Are the obstacles that stop our progress as bad as we think they are?
I’m sure you have this too…but, whenever I ask someone for directions, they’ll usually start their reply with:
“The quickest way is…”
I always wonder why they think I’m in a rush?
Im starting to think that it’s all about the journey.
Too often I’ve missed things en route because I’ve been fixed on the quickest way to the destination.
2018. The year of enjoying the journey.
Yesterday I spoke about injecting a bit of humour into the drier parts of business.
But one part of business that can easily be fun and witty is advertising.
I often see this advert on my walk home and every time it’s caught my attention…not just because it’s huge:
(excuse my terrible photography, the post with the camera is covering a wink emoji)
Enjoying the scenery in the Douro Valley, Portugal. Would make a great writer’s retreat…
“The balloons only have one life and the only way of finding out whether they work is to attempt to fly around the world.”
– Richard Branson
What does travel do?
It doesn’t just make you skint, doesn’t just make you have to book valuable days off work and it doesn’t just leave you jetlagged & sunburnt.
It opens doors for new experiences that carve out memories you’d never think you’d have.
There’s a world outside your comfort zone and, as a creative, you should take the chances (as and when they come) to broaden your horizons.
When I was younger I didn’t believe in holidays, although I think that was mostly just because I couldn’t afford them.
My reasoning was that it was a waste of money and what was the point in paying for memories? After all you can’t do anything with memories, what’s the point in paying for an experience that will be over soon? Why not just splash the money on material things?
How wrong I was. Sometimes you meet people and you unlock life hacks and secrets that change your thinking for the better.
But that’s the thing…the things you think you know when you’re younger, aren’t always as true as they seem when you look back at them with fresh, older eyes.
So if you feel a bit stuck, as if you can’t find inspiration anywhere you should step outside your door and find a plane going somewhere you like the sound of.
The featured image is of the city of Budapest. A place full of beauty, adventure and dangerously good wine.
So, I won’t be writing for a few days as I’m off on a tour with my day job.
Keep your eyes peeled for guest posts from my girlfriend tomorrow and Thursday!