“Have you ever sent someone in the wrong direction?”
I stared at her, troubled, not knowing what to answer. Or rather, how to answer that politely.
Jenna was amazed at how many people would ask me for directions on a single outing. And that’s in a neighbourhood I don’t even know very well. Heck, I don’t even know my own neighbourhood.
“What do you mean?” I responded perplexed.
“I consider it an achievement if someone asks me something and I actually know where it is to tell them!”
I’m the kind of person who gets lost two blocks down their house.
Yes, it happens.
When you have absolutely no sense of orientation whatsoever, getting lost is the easiest, simplest, and the most rational thing that can happen to you.
I was once told to “just continue straight ahead down the road” to the Metro station, and I got lost somehow, having to ask Google, the GPS, and a passer-by for help, in order to reach the desired destination 15 minutes later.
And it is absolutely natural.
We’re not all born with a tracking system or a compass inside our heads.
It’s not easy finding your way around.
It’s actually an accomplishment getting somewhere without a GPS, and if you manage to go alone (helpless) a second time around, it is really something to be proud of. Let alone if you take a different route to get there.
So, you can just imagine the confidence booster it is when someone asks you for directions and you genuinely know the correct answer to help them get there.
Of course, you’ll get a few people lost first before you consolidate the route in your head to be able to pass on the knowledge.
But that’s just something that happens too.