There use to be a famous basketball coach named Al McGuire. He coached a national championship at Marquette. Actually, in useless trivia, he was the first coach ever ejected from a Championship game. He had also played in the NBA. Both he and his brother are in the basketball Hall of Fame, a rarity. Al McGuire then became equally famous as a sports announcer including covering the famous NCAA championship where Larry Bird was matched up against Magic Johnson.
I bring up Al McGuire because I saw an interview with him after he retired where he said something interesting. He said he would ride his Harley to work and once a week, he’d stop at a certain crossroad and say to himself, ‘which way will I go today?’ And then he’d turn away from the campus and his office, then just ride.
As he explained, his point was that no matter how busy we are, no matter how involved we are in our lives, we should sometimes trust the road of the unexpected. Get out and see what the rest of the world is like. Take time to stop somewhere new, introduce yourself to a stranger, enrich your life with a new experience.
It is hard to do but I know in my line of work, I am lost without the road of the unexpected. Life is short. Don’t let the television news be how you find out what the rest of the world is really like. Taste it for yourself.