The Benefits of Getting Lost
It may seem like you’re getting blasted with this statement all the time, but you should really take it seriously. You need to unplug sometimes. Here are are a few of the REAL benefits you can expect by getting lost. For most of us, getting lost when we were children was a terrifying prospect. You stop for a second to tie your shoe, only to look up and find out that you were alone. You rapidly look around for your mom, but she’s not in sight. You didn’t know where you were and help seemed to be miles away.
Things aren’t like that anymore. In most circumstances, getting lost is nothing more than a minor inconvenience. It might cause a little stress or frustration, but it’s nothing to cry about.
But what if you’re looking at the occurrence of getting lost in the wrong light. Sure, there are many times in a busy man’s life when there is literally NO TIME to get lost, but it’s not always that way. Chances are that you have the opportunity to get lost quite often, but simply choose not to because it’s always better to have a plan, right? I think not. I believe that getting lost is necessary part of existence, and you’re missing out on the following benefits by avoiding the experience.
#1: Unexpected Destinations
No matter how “open-minded” you are, it is literally impossible to consciously search for everything you desire. The reason is simple, you don’t know what you desire in every part of your life. Getting lost provides you with the ability to find things you didn’t know you were looking for.
In a city, this might take the form of a delightfully delicious restaurant that you wouldn’t have tried if you weren’t starving when you walked past it. In the wilderness, it may be a quiet alcove of peace among the trees or a stunningly silent pond being visited by a deer. You might not be searching for these things initially, but getting lost could help you find them.
#2: Unexpected Adventure
As with any good nighttime college story, you don’t usually plan for the most adventurous nights of your life, they just happen. While planning every step of your vacation might not preclude the occurrence of an adventure (we’ve all had the unexpected happen), it will certainly make it less likely. When you have no idea where you’re going, you never know what to expect.
#3: Unexpected Treasures
Wandering around in a foreign place will allow you to find much more interesting things than checking a map at a mall’s kiosk. This probably goes without saying, but you will never find the unique items you desire but sticking close to what you know. Getting lost somewhere and opening up to the possibility of finding treasure will allow you to do so.