I’m not good at left and right. I know in The Direction In Which Something Is Locked I mentioned the phrase I use to understand which way I need to turn something to tighten it or loosen it, but unfortunately there is also something that needs to precede that.
I have to hold out my thumb and index finger on each hand. On one hand it will form an L shape. This is left. By process of elimination, the other is right.
This is a fool-proof method in most circumstances, but not all. This morning I had a bad time with left and right while I was driving somewhere I’ve never been. When you’re driving round a bend it’s not not always easy to position your hands properly on the steering wheel to use a thumb and finger for something else other than grip.
I reached two crossroads in quick succession, guided by a sat nav (voice only because it was on my phone on the passenger seat) and made the wrong decision twice. In turning crossroads in to an analogy, it’s usually decision making that most people think of.
You reach a crossroads and it can probably have any number of directions / decisions but I guess most people would see left, right or straight ahead. I wonder how many people see backwards, the way you came.
I’m not talking necessarily about admitting that you’re wrong. It takes great fortitude to admit without excuse that you didn’t do something right and sometimes in the face of indisputable evidence some people can still not admit their error (although it might not be entirely their own fault).
I wanted to say that I’m not even necessarily talking about realising that where you were was the best place, but I can’t quite explain that other than to say that backwards is actually a proper bona fide direction to somewhere you aren’t currently.
When Jurgen Klopp first took over as manager of Liverpool he said this:
“It needs a lot of time for the end, but not to start… If somebody feels they have waited enough for success – restart and then everything can happen.”
And indeed, why rule out potential opportunities just because you think you’ve been there before?
Say hello to the girl that I am!
You’re gonna have to see through my perspective
I need to make mistakes just to learn who I am
And I don’t wanna be so damn protected
There must be another way
Cause I believe in taking chances
But who am I to say
What a girl is to do
God, I need some answers
What am I to do with my life
(You will find it out don’t worry)
How Am I supposed to know what’s right?
(You just got to do it your way)
Overprotected by Britney Spears