As you make your way along life’s tumultuous highways, it’s important to note that you should always carry a map, have plenty of fuel in the tank, and take frequent rest stops.
– Octavia Spencer, 2012 Academy Award winner for best supporting actress in “The Help”
The quote was in an issue of O Magazine dedicated to advice one would share with a younger self. I tore it out and taped it to my bathroom mirror, not sure exactly what appealed to me about it. Was it the artfully rendered illustration of the small compass? Was it the kindly greeting, “Hello Traveler”? I didn’t know, but I knew I liked it, so I left it there on the mirror.
Weeks later I suddenly understood the encrypted message: I’ve been making my way without a map, on empty, without rest stops of any kind.
No wonder it is so hard.