Life is a reckless, unpredictable driver.
It skids on roads of meant-to-be’s and often misses the turns you were planning to take. Distinguishing left from right is not a trait it could boast of, either. I can’t judge it, though, because I too cause trouble in traffic.
I step onto the road without looking left (or right), distracted by my music. I miss train and tram stops alike, sometimes only a short walk away from my destination, others stranded (and this has truly been known to happen) in a totally different country.
I drink and drive, I drink and live.
I force the gas pedal down when I’m bored, transport myself to the very edge of being young and being incurably foolish. I take the wheel without a license in my pocket, and merely hope I’ll know how to make a turn or parallel park, when it’s necessary. These are the good days.
On bad days, I let others take me where they think I ought to go. I let indecision decide and lead me where it will. Daughter? Mother? Lover? I quietly agree to any address and linger for a while.
The best days are when we ride together. And even though they’ve happened many times already, they are always new. We never pass a familiar street on the way. Me and my friends, madmen all. We laugh at each other over bars or dirty ashtrays and say –
Hey! We know we’re not growing up just yet. It won’t hurt the process to delay, a day (or two).
Let’s swim naked in the sea when we know there’s people watching. Let’s test our endurance by living out of a train for a week. Let’s take each other on a journey we will never forget. Let’s get it etched into our skins, and allow ourselves to smile at our silliness when the years kick in.
Let’s bask in the unpredictable, curvy, long road ahead. While we’re at it, let’s also toast the driver who always knows how to surprise and take you somewhere a thousand times better than you’d ever imagined you could find yourself.
Fuck what you thought-to-be meant-to-be’s or turns in the right direction.
It won’t hurt to drive around the back alleys and delay your arrival, for a day.