There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.
~ Josh Jameson
Have you ever noticed the little words imprinted on your car's rearview mirrors: "Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear." ? Apparently it's a warning in order that understand the device's peculiarities in order to benefit from its usefulness. It's an aid for navigation; one that can also compensate for the vehicle's blind spot. And don't we all loathe that vacant void that isn't, in reality, so very void at all?!
I'm not a huge fan of hindsight. I've been told it's 20/20, whereas foresight is much less accurate. Not sure who coined that particular factoid, but it's highly suspect, if you ask me. I would much prefer to choose rightly going forward rather than have to assess what I'd done - rightly or wrongly - by looking back, especially by looking back via a rearview mirror. Not only do things look closer from than perspective, but the blind spots are much more troublesome.
Forwards or backwards, I still don't know what I don't know. I am forced (dare I say, blessed?) to be dependant upon maps & signage; upon a certain degree of trust in road maintenance crews & Highway Patrolmen. Then there are those items that are simply part of the journey and not to be fussed over too intensely.
2011 is swiftly melting away like Frosty on a too-warm day. Already my reflections cause its nearly 365 days to look closer than they are in reality. How do I know that? Because 2011's days are nearly ended when it seems they just began! Then there's the fact that I'm always 32 years old in my rearview mirror. That may well be due to a blind spot, if not the mirror's "closer than they look" peculiarity.
Hindsight is rarely 20/20, no matter what they (whoever they are) tell us. Oh, I do believe I see things a bit more clearly ... perhaps. Then again, distortion is ever a hazard. Rearview stuff always means I have to take my eyes off the road which is, in turn, rather dangerous all by itself.
Still, I take stock of all that lays behind so I can navigate more intelligently going forward. Theoretically I'll then know best when & how to make a turn, or to pass, or hit the brakes. I'll not be inclined to run off the road or take a detour that may well lead me into hazardous realms.
I best remember all the benefits & drawbacks of the rearview mirror's positioning. It's a tool ... nothing more, nothing less. And how I use it will determine which category it falls into.
Just because it's not what you were expecting,
doesn't mean it's not everything you've been waiting for...