The Places In The Backs Of Our Minds

The Places In The Backs Of Our Minds

Sometimes I’ll be riding along in what I believe is an unfamiliar area only to have my internal voice say, “I feel like I’ve been here before.”

You could, of course, chalk it up to déjà vu. But if you’re often traipsing around, chances are good that you really have been there before.

October 2017

It’s rare that I will follow a planned route for any length of time. My navigation style is often a mix of feel and then point to point if I am looking for something specific. Going by feel involves a lot of subconscious choices.

I suppose the types of roads we choose become routine. I mean, I’m always going to err on the side of wiggly when I can. If I pass through the same unfamiliar area twice and gaze at the map to get my bearings – I might gravitate to a road I’ve traveled before. Even if I don’t initially realize that I’d ever been on it.

The thing that made me choose it the first time would probably be the thing that made me choose it the second time. Especially if I have the subconscious awareness of being there before and having a good time.

April 2016

Perhaps the same is true for the photos we take. The thing that made you snap once, will probably move you again.

3 Replies to “The Places In The Backs Of Our Minds”

  1. You are spot on Rachel. But, even if you had been there, things are always different. The weather, the lighting, the birds, the season. The joy is in the meandering on the same roads and seeing the same thing differently each time!

  2. I’ve been motoring along some road–maybe a highway, just trying to get from here to there–when I’ll recognize a place I’d been.

    I’ll smile as I remember who I was with or what I was doing at that time–2, 5 or even 20 years before.

    And keep moving down the road.

  3. True. I’ve repeated myself in many areas of life and am embarrassed when I fail to recognize it. For instance, I’ve even given people the same gift twice because my mind doesn’t keep track of what I did the first time. Good point about psychology. Guess that’s why we keep coming here — for the sound observations on human behavior. And pictures of motorcycles. 🙂

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