Do you realize how important the discovery of 'the line' was? I would venture to say it was paramount to humanity and our ability to do almost anything.
We 'line up' at the door to go play outside as kids. We 'line up' at our favorite brunch spots on the weekend as adults.
We are told to 'get in line' as children when we are a little too out of control and we are constantly trying to 'get in line' with our core values as a nation.
We color 'in between the lines' as tiny humans and 'drive between the lines' as grown ups.
We look at 'the lines' of a building or of a garment. We see the 'time line' of our existence, of our planets existence (the later being the subject of a much heated centuries old debate).
My question is, do we allow the 'lines of our lives' define us? Or do we define them?
If you haven't seen the show Stranger Things stop what you are doing and go watch the entire thing from start to finish while hugging a pillow and eating a box (or 11 wink wink) of Eggo Waffles... actually don't do that last part, for many reasons, the least of which being their recent listeria scandal. If you haven't seen it and plan to later *spoiler alert* if you haven't seen it and don't care, by all means continue reading.
At some point in the show the kids science teacher (I think he is a science teacher...) explains the idea of an alternate reality existing not (as most people believe) being 'somewhere else' but as being on the other side of the reality we presently inhabit. In order to illustrate this point he draws a line on the back of a paper plate where you, a person, is balancing. You can go back and forth on the line but that is it, that reality is all you see, feel and understand. However, if a flee is on the SAME line, it can go back and forth and UNDER the line, into a different space; an alternate reality if you will.
In Stranger Things the other side of that line is dark and scary and terrible... I think we are all pretty familiar with that side of the lines in our life... but what about the side of the line that takes courage to discover because of the actual possibilities on the other side? What would change if we could, in theory, cross that line? Because I would wager that there is a lot of good on the other side.
What would happen if you cross the line? If you take that job or push the envelope on your next project? Could you fail? YES. Could I fail? YES! However, you will have tried something new. You will learned what is on the other side and you can take that back with you into your life.
We have all thought about who we would be 'if'. That thought is dangerous and empowering, a 'fine line' running between the two. Perhaps we just need to tap into our inner Jonny Cash and 'walk the line' for a while to see where we end up; just be careful of which 'line you tap', you don't want to get involved with Robin Thicke, he does nothing except for give you 'blurred lines' which may lead to 'crossing a line' you were never meant to cross (just saying).