Lessons from Gozo…

…#5. Friday Foto!

Today’s Friday Foto was taken in Valletta, Malta, and had me and Lovely Boyfriend in stitches. It totally summed up the way the Maltese/Gozitans view signs/directions.

valletta1This photo hasn’t been artistically cropped for effect. I wasn’t particularly zoomed in, in order to alter the perspective. This sign IS pointing directly at a solid wall, I promise you!

Lovely Boyfriend hired a jeep for the week so we could drive ourselves about and not have to rely on the bus services. It gave us much more freedom to explore the island as we wished, but the first few days were a whole lot of fun while we worked out the somewhat eccentric signposting!

Sometimes (maybe half the time), the roads are  labelled from one direction only. It’s kinda assumed that if you’re travelling from Xaghra, you KNOW which is the right road for Zebbug. I quickly learnt to look behind me when we passed junctions in the road, to see if we’d missed an important turning by approaching it from the “wrong” direction!

It’s the same with things like one-way and no-entry signs. We had one irate Gozitan gesticulating at us because we were apparently trying to go the wrong way up a one-way street…excpet there was nothing to tell us that! The locals “know” it’s one-way but good luck to anyone else! In a similar way, Stop and Give-Way markings on the road are purely for guidance and shouldn’t be taken seriously!

It was a bit scary for the first few days – especially our first night when we were being driven to our farmhouse and the driver would stop halfway across a roundabout! But, after a while, you get used to living without accurate signs and adapt to the lifestyle.

You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you? Isn’t it time we stopped concentrating so hard on our own particular labels and signs? Labels like BPD and bipolar are helpful because they tell you which general direction you’re travelling in, and whether you’re going to hit metaphorical roadworks and roundabouts. But those labels shouldn’t be taken as absolute rules; who says you have to travel at a certain speed in a certain direction purely because you have BPD? Take the label as guidance and work our your own speed limit.

Signs are handy when you don’t know where you’re going, but you shouldn’t let them restrict your journey.


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