I walked by my house twice. And still couldn't find it.
After 20 minutes of circling the block, I realized I was lost.
So how did it get to this point?
It starts with me running an errand to a local bakery. I wasn't familiar with the area but used Google Maps for directions.
Once I was done at the bakery, I headed home.
The way home was nothing unusual. Until Google Maps stops working in the last 10% of my journey.
The annoying part: I knew I was close to home.
So I circled the block for 20 minutes, hoping I would see it. But was still lost. And to make things worse, my phone was about to die.
I could not afford to be lost and have no internet! So I call my wife, and she gives me directions. But no matter how clear her instructions were, I had no idea where I was.
And to make things worse, my phone is about to shut down.
So in desperation, I told her to meet me at the local supermarket.
10 minutes later, my wife found me. But she couldn't understand how I found the supermarket but not our place. Since they were two 5 minutes away from each other.
I retraced my steps with her.
And during my retracing, she stops me and starts laughing. She showed me how I passed our home. My wife was laughing hard, realizing I had circled the block and passed our place multiple times.
A wave of shame overcame me.
I was never lost. I just forgot what our place looked like. That's why I kept walking past it without hesitation. This ordeal was embarrassing.
Now, why am I sharing this story?
To show you how human it is to make boneheaded mistakes. Anyone you think who has it together makes dumb mistakes occasionally. So the next time you give yourself a hard time, take a chill pill and remind yourself how painfully human you are.
Until next time,
The Charismatic Nerd