Today was one of the worst days of my trip. This may seem like a far cry from my last post, but it actually isn’t, since they’re both about listening to yourself.
Here’s the thing about chance meetings: when opportunity presents itself, you must use your intuition. As my friend, Ev’Yan puts it, your intuition is your “inherent super power.” Use it.
When you have a funny feeling about someone, like they might not be 100% reliable, and this person happens to be responsible for your transportation, skip the landmark.
Even the magnificent cliffs of Big Sur weren’t worth feeling uncomfortable all afternoon. And they certainly weren’t worth getting stranded on the side of Highway 1 after the engine died.
Usually I’m very good at listening to myself, but sometimes there’s a lot of external pressure, both in the form of the “shoulds” from everyone who had told you that you MUST hit Big Sur, no matter what, and just from those around you. After all, you don’t want to look like a snob, or like you think you’re “too good” to be riding in a car that smells like pit bull (or was it armpit?) and looks like it’s about to fall apart…
Because sometimes the car is about to fall apart!
By all means, push yourself to try new things. But if you have a queasy feeling inside (and especially if safety is at issue), don’t feel bad about just skipping it.
Thankfully I’m fine and I made it home in one piece. I’m only glad that this was all it took for me to (re-)learn my lesson, because things could have been a LOT worse.
I do want to get the hell out of Monterey though!
Did you ever ignore your intuition and seriously regret it later?