Choosing the ditch

” ‘Heart of Gold’ put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch.” – Neil Young

I thought about that quote when I was out running. I enjoy running and try to get out a few times every week, rain or shine, snow or ice. To me running is very much connected to a sense of freedom. Feeling free to move. Even though running in the forest or countryside is a much grander experience I spend a lot of time running on asphalt streets and sidewalks. Simply because I want it to be uncomplicated. I start running outside my door, the idea of taking the car to a forest… well, it just don’t seem to happen.

So, when I’m out running I try to do like Neil Young. I search for the ditches, the small stretches of grass and weeds next to the asphalt pathways. I just need to watch out for dog poo.

I think there is pretty nice metaphor for creativity in this. Heading for the ditch, forcing you to use all those small muscles you didn’t knew you had.

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