Postcard Odyssey #7: A Conspicuous Road Sign


“If you don’t know where you’re going, any way will take you there.”

I hit a road block and was met by a conspicuous road sign with vague words: “Go There – Go Here – Go Anywhere.” What did that mean?

I glanced around me. The place was empty and an eerie silence descended. The only clearing was the road which I came from. I turned to look back at it but the road was gone, replaced by a high wall of bushes and vines. The only way now was the ridiculous road sign.

“Having difficulties are we?” A small imp appeared out of the blue.

“Yes,” I nodded.

“Why though?” He snickered. “Why is it always difficult for humans to choose a path?”

“Because not all paths are right and not all paths take you to your destination,” I answered.

“But aren’t all paths exist for you to tread upon and learn?” The imp said.

“I am not sure,” I said. “Some paths are not to be taken. Some are made to make you learn and some people just resort to shortcuts.”

“Ah, the dreaded shortcuts,” the imp grinned. “Would you take one if I proposed it to you?”

“Definitely not,” I said.

“Why?” The imp asked.

“Well, because I believe the longer the path, the more I have to learn, the more I experience and the more I discover. Why kill the suspense of the mysteries a path holds and take an unexciting shortcut?” I said.

“You have a point there,” the imp implied. “Now which path will you take?”

“I will go anywhere,” I decided.

“But you will be lost!” The imp said.

“No,” I smiled. “I will wander and be an explorer. I will go everywhere but I will still get to where I want to be, as long as I believe in myself.”

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