“Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.” (said the doorknob, in Alice in Wonderland)
I always loved Alice in Wonderland as a child, and I think it has some pretty clever nuggets of advice for adults too. When considering a cross-roads in life, or just how to proceed down an existing path, this is my favourite:
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
And then there’s the Cheshire cat. I love the Cheshire cat:
‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where,’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
But finding the right path in life can be difficult. Luckily no wrong turn is really ‘wrong’ – it’s just different. And so much can be learnt from new experiences and treading an unknown, or new-to-you path.
All paths can lead the right way if you follow your heart, or try being Alice for a day.
It can also be useful for writers to explore different paths, or just visit somewhere new to absorb the experience and add colour, depth and flavour to their writing. A bit of psychogeography perhaps?
I love the idea of discovering hidden pockets of society, cities, streets, shops; lives lived behind and beneath and above the facade of the everyday. Something to be explored in another post.
Alice in Wonderland was – is – a true adventuress.