I got lost on purpose yesterday. I wanted to see if I could find my way home from an unfamiliar place. You can learn a lot about the community if you turn off your GPS, take a different street than your normal commute, and take your time finding your way home. I found a great taco place, the kind where the menu is only in Spanish and ordering in English is a lot harder than it looks. I also found a really nice park with a pond and a mile-long walking trail. I never knew these places existed before yesterday because I was always following GPS.
Lately, I have become more and more fearful of technology outages – will I survive one? In order to reassure myself from time to time that I can find my way home, I turn off my GPS. I never want to depend solely upon my GPS because I’d end up being more like a dog rather than a cat. If you drop a dog 2 miles from your house on the street and they can’t find their way back. A cat can be left 100 miles away from home and they turn back up on your porch.