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Attraversiamo: Creativity and Perspective

Chances are, when you leave the house or you leave the office, you take the same route home. All. The. Time. If you’re in a car, you may have to change your route because of construction or traffic, but it’s pretty much the same. If you’re walking (or walking to the bus/metro/subway/etc.), you’re probably looking to get there as quickly as you can, so you’ve learned which parking lots to cut across and which alleys are safe. That’s absolutely a great reason to continually take the same route — efficiency is useful when you’re in a hurry and who isn’t in a hurry these days? In fact, you’re probably so good at taking the same route that often times, you don’t even realize that you’ve passed 4 or 5 blocks. For those of you who drive, there’s the idea that you get in your car at home and all of a sudden, you find yourself at work, but you have no recollection of actually driving yourself to work.

I wonder… have you ever considered walking on the other side of the street?

I’ve written quite a bit trying to encourage you take a new perspective or to take a fresh perspective, but for some people, that’s a bit ethereal. So, I was trying to imagine some very tangible ways that I could suggest to illustrate the ‘power’ of taking a different perspective. While I think taking a different perspective is extremely important when it comes to making important decisions, training one’s self to realize the value of a new perspective seems like it might be helpful, too.

I want to propose an experiment. I’d like you to, the next time you leave the house (or work), walk on the other side of the street. You’ve probably walked down the same side of the street hundreds, if not thousands of times, and I predict that if you walk on the other side of the street, you’re going to see your environment from a new perspective. Now, categorically, of course you’ll have a different perspective because you’re occupying a different vector of space and time, but forget about that aspect for a second and take a chance. This is such a tiny ask — walking on the other side of the street will do little to inconvenience you during your day, but it could do wonders for you in highlighting a tangible example of how taking a different perspective could allow you to see things differently.

If you need more reasons to convince you to try this tiny experiment then consider that it could help you solve that problem you’ve been working on for the last few days. There’s some research that suggests [can’t seem to locate it at the moment] putting yourself in new environments is a way to spark one’s creativity. By making these new connections in your environment, it could spark new connections for the things that have been ‘keeping you up at night.’

The “Cool” Way To Commute – By Bike

Towards the end of the summer, I moved. That move lowered my commute from 7.5 miles to about 2.5 miles. As a result, I thought I would consider biking (rather than driving). [Note: I know that 7.5 miles is actually still a short enough distance to commute by bike, but because of the bends/curves/hills, I wouldn’t have felt safe commuting by bike.] There is no shortage of hills on my commute by bike (as it is), but because I’m on hardly used roads, I feel much safer.

I’ve been commuting by bike for 5 weeks now and I rather enjoy it! I’ve only driven in a couple of instances (last-minute!) and taken the bus a couple of times, too. For the most part, I’m riding to and from. One of the best parts about commuting by bike — it forces you to exercise. There are some days when you “don’t feel like going to the gym,” (even though you had planned on it), but with a bicycle being your main method of commuting, you’re forced to exercise. There’s also the whole environmental aspect (pollution of the car, etc.).

In my experience commuting by bike, I can see some of the : weather (it’s why I’ve taken the bus a couple of times), helmet hair, storage (I carry it on my back!), and maybe worst of all — wardrobe. While I’ve seen pictures of people who do, I don’t know how comfortable I would be cycling in a three-piece suit. And depending on the weather, there can be a bit more perspiration. But there are a number of pros, too: fresh air, no traffic, exercise, and saving on gas!

If you’re thinking about changing the way you commute, I hope you consider cycling.