One of the things that my mother was very good at was going her own way, even if the way she chose didn’t always produce a positive result. As a young man, she allowed me to go to the store myself and learn how to travel to places and, at the very least, figure out how to ask people where I’m going when I don’t know where I am. Such an idea seems ancient, to reach out for help to a stranger, since Google is supposed to be your friend.
Google, while having the most supposedly real-world map of the world, is not as helpful as one might think.
I recognize there are dangers everywhere in cities that are big and small. There are however a few basics I follow which may or may not have to do with my upbringing. Here they are:
- Never walk aimlessly at night unless you have somewhere to go.,
- Always have a mode of transportation.,
- Always let people who your friends/relatives know where you are.
- If the place you see looks dangerous, it is.