Don’t Be Afraid To Go In, Even If The Door Is Not Totally Open.
Recently, I was on a scooter cruising around L.A. when I rode past a door that was partly open. There were some cool art pieces outside, and mechanical noise and laughter coming from inside. I am curious by nature, so I decided to go in and check it out. As I ventured in I was immediately taken back by this poem, etched into a sheet of old steel hanging on the wall that read:
“Most people, according to this theory make a fundamental mistake in life. They form rigid agendas and goals which they obsessively pursue. But the universe is indifferent to the best laid plans of mice and men, and deals nothing but wild cards to both. When events fail to fit into the scenarios that linear minded people have so painstakingly constructed, they are driven half mad by frustration and grief. So, the pranksters advocate an improvised approach to life. If one lives totally in the moment and rides the flow of events like a surfer does a wave, all of his needs will eventually be satisfied.”
I knew then that I had to meet everyone inside and learn more about this amazing place. So, I walked up to the first person I saw and said, “this looks awesome, what are you up to in here?” That person was the owner of the shop and after an hour of conversation, and time spent with each of the brilliant works inside, I left with memories and wonderful new friends that will last a lifetime. I also realized a fundamental truth that I believe is a key to living a fulfilled life… Don’t be afraid to go in, even if the door is not totally open. I have shared some pictures below. Enjoy!