I’m big into analogies. It’s how my brain works, and I believe it made me a better teacher. I think my most successful teaching analogy came when I compared Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra’s love triangle to a Days of our Lives plot. For some reason the students were able to get that. I also dig on similes and metaphors, which contributes to my inability to be succinct.
The other day I was leaving work, and “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane came on the radio. I sang along, and then actually started to think about the lyrics. What if Tom is right, and life is indeed a highway? If he is, what kind of vehicle am I driving?
As I thought more about Tom’s words, I asked myself, “What kind of car personifies the way I approach travel, which for me, is a part of life?” As I drove home in the Houston traffic, I thought about vehicles and how they might embody distinct travel styles.
YamahaYZF-R1 Sport Bike
This guy has a lot of get up and go, and gets to the next place as fast as he can. He’s not stopping and smelling any roses. There is no attention paid to where he’s been or what’s going on around him. It’s a “been there–done that–what’s next” mentality.
This traveler’s ideology is “there is no hurry, for there is nowhere to go, nothing to buy, and no money to buy it with.” He is not going to let a little thing like a no trespassing sign or gates deter him from experiencing what might be the next great adventure. If he doesn’t get arrested, he’s going back to his hostel. For how long? Only time will tell. Because for him, it’s about the journey, not just the destination.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Five star this and five start that. Private dining rooms in exclusive restaurants with the crème de la crème of society. An adventure for her would be actually waiting in line to see the Sistine Chapel. She misses out on the real heart of a country because her private guide and driver shield her from it. But, wow. Her back doesn’t ache from a lumpy bed, and she has experienced things that only money can buy.
While everyone else is heading to Thailand, he’s going to Burma. After all, Thailand is so yesterday; The Hangover 2 put the nail in that coffin. He doesn’t let little things like travel warnings and bombings sway him away from his chosen locale. He just thinks of the stories he’ll have and the bragging rights amongst his friends. His drive is to do something different and stand out in the crowd.
1966 Ford Mustang Convertible
Just like cars on the road, it takes all kinds of travelers. How boring would life be if everyone drove a Honda Accord? That’s one road I wouldn’t want to be on. There’s room on this traveler’s highway for everyone.