A couple of days ago I was doing one of my increasingly rare stints in school. You might remember how I forgot to tell the school that I don’t work there any more? Well yeah, they still don’t know! The bell went and I learned first hand why that place has a one way system in the corridors.
I only knew one way to get to where I was meant to be headed next so I found myself battling against the tide. Edging gently in the wrong direction I made very slow progress. It helped that, with my teacher hat on, I was seen as someone in authority. They kinda had to let me pass.
As I was walking up the corridor the wrong way I saw several ‘real’ teachers (I get that a lot. “Are you a real teacher miss?”) stood in the doorways, waiting to catch pupils who might dare to try and go against the one-way system.
It was when I finally reached the end of a very long corridor that I noticed a fellow traveler walking behind me. I did all the hard work and thanks to that, she was able to travel the wrong way with relative ease.
AND AS IS SO OFTEN THE CASE WHEN I’M LEAST EXPECTING IT, ALL THIS MADE ME THINK ABOUT YOU, AND ME, AND THIS GAME WE LIKE TO CALL LIFE.
Play by the rules. Study hard. Qualifications. Get a job. Get married. Do the right thing. Don’t push the boundaries. Toe the line.
And just in case you might dare to try, we have guards posted along the way, people ready to warn you, turn you around and squash you if you’re tempted to swim against the tide.
But you know what?
Sure, going against the norm can feel pretty lonely sometimes. There’ll be times when it’ll feel like you’re not moving at all. You’ll get some funny looks, a few raised eyebrows and people ready to acknowledge that perhaps you’d have got there quicker if you’d gone with the crowd.