April 18, 2006

Overrated Independence

When I was a kid, we went to Toronto Island. Most of the visit I remember only because of photos, but I recall driving these old fashioned cars. They had this metal track you followed, that allowed you to steer and drive but never make a wrong turn. A built-in governor kept the speed down.

It's probably been 35 years, but I've always nurtured that idea of never being able to go off track. How soothing would it be to know you couldn't screw up?

Of course the downside is that you're following someone else's ideals, and ideas. But the notion of handing over the reins once in a while is just so enticing. And for the same reasons I could never go parachuting or bungee jumping, I would never do it.

My mom used to tell me 'a change is as good as a rest'. It was her always subtle way of reminding me you're not allowed to step down, so shut up and find a way to make it work.

I don't mind driving. It'd just be nice to have a track under there once in a while.


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