When I travel, I do tend to have a list of a few bars and restaurants I’d like to visit. But those aren’t the only places I go to.
I’ve become one of those people who likes walking into a random restaurant that I spot as I’m wandering aimlessly through whatever city I’m in.
I only have two criteria (and even these aren’t fixed). Are there people in the restaurant? Are they mostly local?
Sometimes the experience is less than superb. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised.
This aimless wandering, this openness to serendipity is something I’ve learned from Ming. And it’s made life feel more like an adventure.
I used to be destination-focused. Left alone, I’d go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible, the most efficient way possible.
But in his article on Wired, Rob Walker questions if this obsession with productivity and efficiency is always a good thing.
We have technology and algorithms to tell us where to eat, what to watch, who to seek advice from. It’s made life a lot easier.
But Walker continues, “At some point you have to wonder if the thing we’re hacking away isn’t just annoyance or inefficiency, but potentially delightful serendipity. Or, you know, life itself.”
As we hustle our way to our destinations, perhaps we may have found the most efficient route. But would it really have been the best?