It’s been a long day at work. You pack up your desk, turn off your light, get into your car. Then it seems like the next minute, you’re pulling into your driveway, not remembering anything about the journey home. Have you ever had this experience? You didn’t black out, aren’t experiencing any serious neurological issues. You’re just kind of on auto pilot. You take this journey so often, you can do it in your sleep and it almost seems as if you do.
Isn’t it easy to go through life that way? Just cruise along, maintain speed. The problem is that when you’re on auto pilot, you aren’t especially paying attention. You missed that amazing sunset or that middle aged guy in the car next to you jamming out to Taylor Swift. You didn’t see those deer munching quietly on the side of the road or the magical bird murmuration flying overhead.
These paintings by Sean Yelland kind of cried out to me in their melancholy. We’ve all been there, on that long stretch of highway that seems our destiny. Where we meant for this? Going from one place to the next, home, work, errands, home, work, errands, never straying away from the path laid out before us. We hesitate to take the road less traveled. What if I get lost? What if I can’t find my way back? But what if you find something even better?
All images are via the artist’s website.