The beauty with temptation is that you’ll never find out – unless you give in. Which seems to be a bad thing usually. Temptation has a bit of a bad name. “Thou shalt not” do a whole bunch of tempting things. But then again – you’ll never know how far you can go, if you’re not willing to risk going too far. It’s (almost) always possible to revise a decision and take a few steps back onto the beaten path.
I used to have my own art gallery, a physical retail location where I was selling my photographic art. It was a great experience, and one of the highlights of my creative career thus far. The location, a business revitalization zone, wasn’t perfect, which made it all the more interesting. People weren’t used to finding art, and I often saw them walking back and forth in front of my big windows, unsure whether they would risk entering or not. Some did, others didn’t – but walked away backwards, obviously still fighting the temptation of their curiosity to come into something they hadn’t seen on their street before. Some almost tripped over my strategically placed sandwich board. Walking backwards is an art in itself.
It made me wonder about their thought process. Maybe they figured i was some shady car salesman that wouldn’t let them leave my “showroom” ever again until they signed their life away. It’s possible. But in the end I’m sad some of them didn’t come in. There’s only one way to find out something new: jumping in. Marcel Proust said we don’t receive wisdom. You’ll have to figure it out on your own by saying “yes”, and learning from every experience life throws at us. Open your mind or someone will open it for you.