Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Twist-ies or Straights?

The other day I was watching this old song.
Reminded me of another scene from Cars

All the fun and beauty was traded for saving 10 mins. (below quotes from IMDb)

Sally: Forty years ago, that interstate down there didn't exist. 
Lightning McQueen: Really? 
Sally: Yeah. Back then, cars came across the country a whole different way. 
Lightning McQueen: How do you mean? 
Sally: Well, the road didn't cut through the land like that interstate. It moved with the land, it rose, it fell, it curved. Cars didn't drive on it to make great time. They drove on it to have a great time. 

Its been a story of every other long winding enjoyable road. The twisties are being replaced by straights to save valuable time.

Is this also the story of our lives? Life itself is all about ups and downs. There could be few phases where its gradient could be low, but it is rare that its totally flat! And of course, the fun and liveliness comes from these ups and downs. Gaining wisdom from each of  the experience, gathering momentum and tthen blasting ahead!

Being a rider, I've enjoyed both. High speed straights and the peg-scrapping curves. Take any racing circuit - of any form F1, Rallying, etc. Its always mix of both - straights and curves. That's what makes it enjoyable. Too much of one makes it monotonus.

Then, why do we always expect quick results in life? Sometimes things happen quickly, at other times it takes longer and more efforts and concentration. But, we don't have patience. If there are turns, we want them straightened! Going into a blind corner with caution and faith has its own rewarding experience. Isn't life similar, going into the dark with the hope of finding light, venturing the unknown with a ray of optimism. Even if it takes more time than otherwise, it is more rewarding and satisfying.


  1. Excellent topic Abu! Life is in the twisties.

    My personal motto (which helps in those blind curves) is "Anyone can go fast in a straight line." The idea is not to fast everywhere, but to know that with patience and skill those blind curves can be the best of all!

    1. Very true Don, with patience and skill and faith in your skills those blind curves are the best!!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Come on--I do enjoy long, long straight roads where one can speed, wind blowing in my face, feeling the moisture at other times, and the fleeting bird and the never-ending road...I dislike the tension of curves and bends and bumps:)

    1. Once upon a time, I used to love straights too... for all the reasons you mentioned, but Life is far from it, it is full of curves and bends and bumps. Some times we have to slow down to enjoy the ride. And right now I'm in slo-mo :D
      Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts, Bhavana.

  3. Straight or not, Indian roads are not good, interesting post :)

    1. Infrastructure-wise we may not have good roads/network... but certainly we have some of the most beautiful and scenic routes :)
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ghazala!

    2. there are riders and then there are riders !!!

      If you want to give analogy for Indian Roads then you will end up comparing life with Ups and Downs instead of straight or bends :p ;)

      By the way a well thought blog ...


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