I'm driving my son to work, well technically he's driving, but being on his L (learner) plates I still need to accompany him to supervise.
We're driving down a road we've travelled on many, many, many times as it's a main road that runs from our house to the city, work and uni (did I mention…many times??)
As we pulled up at the red light, my head was turned to the left, daydreaming a bit and people watching as I often do…(oh, don't worry…my son is "this close" to getting his licence and a very competent driver) when I noticed a new, tiny alley way splitting the familiar shops in two.
The cutest little narrow walkway that linked the main road to the side street behind.
It was actually jarring
WHAT? Where in the hell did that come from??!
Honestly I've lived in this city for 40 years, I've driven down (or been driven down) this road hundreds of times. Heck, I've even walked down this road and right past this section.
So when did this Harry Potter portal suddenly appear?
The alley wasn't new. Nope, it's always been there…
But I've never seen it
Because I've never actually looked
I just see the same things I always see…each and every time I travel this road
The things I expect to see
Which got me thinking…
What else aren't I seeing?
What hidden alleys, paths and doors am I missing, as I travel down the road of my life only seeing what I expect to see…what I plan to see.
If I started paying more attention and looked a little more closely to the world framing my road…could I actually find things, people, thoughts and feelings that I didn't know existed?
That I wasn't expecting
Travel the same roads if you must
Daydream all you want…
But don't forget to pay attention from time to time
You never know what you'll find