How to Make the Most of Being Lost

Posted on Friday, Jun 10, 2016

Upon arriving in D.C. I found that the theme of my first week was getting lost: getting lost in my building, getting lost while trying to find the Starbucks that was supposedly “around the corner”, or getting lost in general because I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing and feeling so overwhelmed. I found out that D.C. sometimes is not built for the directionally challenged and many times it ends up with me walking an extra couple of miles that day. Sometimes it brings me to places that I would have never found or experienced if not by accident, which can be a good or bad thing.
Being 5’1” and not that big of a person, I have found myself in the situation during rush hour where people won’t step aside and I end up missing my metro stop. Many times I become extremely frustrated and it is not the greatest start to the day. One day after work I was not in the greatest mood because I missed my stop and simply wanted to get home. I decided to explore the area that I happened to get off at. I was tired of standing like a sardine in the metro car and decided to wait until it was less crowded.
I came up the escalator to the most amazing voice I have ever heard. This was no ordinary street performer. Her voice was one that would make you stop and listen, so that’s exactly what I did. I sat there just taking in the whole scene and my spirits lifted. After that I decided to walk a few blocks and found a cute coffee shop where I sat and got coffee. My day got so much better. What started as a frustrating day ended up being one of my favorite days thus far. So my question is: what would you do if you found yourself lost in D.C.?

Remli Price
Department of Energy
Summer 2016

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