Creative Juice: Stop Living Life By the Reviews

June 23, 2014

I’ll be honest about something right now.

I kind of hate going to stores to shop. Like physical stores.

It’s not that I dislike getting in the car or handling real products as I browse.

I’m just addicted to checking the reviews of every product I purchase online. A store seems somehow primitive by comparison now. Sure, I can whip out my phone and do a quick search for an item. But that’s a hassle. The point is that I worry that without consulting the opinions of others, I’m going to buy a lousy product. How do I know if this microwave is a piece of junk?! I need random strangers to tell me!

I do the same thing with restaurants.

I can’t visit a new restaurant without first finding out what everyone else thought of the restaurant.

Yes, I know, we have to take reviews with a grain of salt. Some people give bad reviews because they were expecting something other than what the restaurant delivered. Or maybe they are spoiled or something. But God forbid, I endure a fifteen minute meal without first consulting Yelp.

My wife and I spent the last two weeks in the back country of Idaho. We rented a cabin, flew out to Boise and spent a week in solitude.

And all of our friends said, “Why???”

No one we know had ever been to Idaho.

In fact, it sounded like an absurd vacation spot. That’s potato country, right?

But I discovered something.

You don’t need to check the reviews on everything.

Sometimes, you just go.

That’s how you find secret places.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

photo 1 (1)

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Remember, if you are looking for a place, a adventure or an experience…

photo 3

What if we stopped living, enslaved to the reviews and just went? 

We might find something that no one else knows about.

3 responses to Creative Juice: Stop Living Life By the Reviews

  1. I hope you had a great vacation.

    The photos are beautiful.

    I’ve always wanted to visit Idaho.
    theoldadam recently posted..What does God really care about?

  2. Indeed. (So far as I know, “yelp” is what my dog does when I accidentally step on his tail.)
    vanilla recently posted..When It’s Hot It’s Hot

  3. Okay, I have to admit that I would never have thought of Boise, ID as a vacation spot, either! But the scenery is beautiful and I hope you and Cheri had a great time. Still, I can’t resist asking what made you think of it. 😉
    Lucie recently posted..A New View of Success for a New World: John Robbins and “The New Good Life”