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#9 Practice. Failure. Trust.

#9 Practice. Failure. Trust.

9 April 2024

"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows." - Ralph Marston

Cities, like many complex systems, want to flow. It takes practice to be part of it. Preventing bottle necks by having your payment method, phone or passport ready for the next barrier, getting your laptop packed and zipped up in time to get off at the next stop. Repeated enough times, we perfect practices to maintain the flow of our journey and the city as a whole. 


Each of our journeys has a purpose. To get or deliver something, gather with others, to complete activities that cannot be completed here. When that purpose fails, and the journey is made anyway, it can be hard to bear. Do your best not to be hard on yourself - or others. Turn this failure into a story you can tell, a lesson learnt. Smile, if you can, and move on.


To get up, get ready, pack our bag and head out into the world is to trust that things are (approximately) working. To trust that other people will be doing their job today, that the trains are running, traffic lights are working, the internet is flowing, food has been prepared, toilets are working and bins are being emptied along our way. Each journey is a practice of trust and belief in others.


Which journeys have taught you something new in the last week? (Even if it was a hard lesson to learn)

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Sarah is the creator of secure city travel backpack, RiutBag: backwards backpack for greater journeys. She also makes death prep tool, Whenn, for mortals of all ages.

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