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  • Writer's pictureJohn Selzer

Line of Sight

Updated: Apr 6, 2018

Obstructed view seating is cheaper for a reason.

We are a product of our experiences. Each moment in our life is represented by a data point in our brain. They generate knowledge. A lesson learned. An appreciation of the richness and nuance of your native tongue. A story to tell. A behavior, skill or a life’s mission to emulate.

Limit the experience, and you limit the possibility. For some, the known opportunity set is restricted to what is right in front of them. If it cannot be seen, then surely it cannot be real.

If you do not know that there is a different reality available just over the crest of the hill or around the next corner, you are standing still. You are lost to live out your days within the confines of your narrow sight line.

If you are born into privilege, stability or a supportive and encouraging environment, this is not such a bad thing. But if the view from your vantage point skews towards the limited, discouraging or just plain hopeless, that wind shifts from filling the sails to straight into your face.

A headwind changes everything.

It holds you in place or greatly limits the forward progress you can strain to muster. And worse, it cannot be seen by others. A headwind is invisible. From the outside, you are thought to be held still by your lack of ambition, subpar effort or low potential.

How unfair.

Perhaps the hardest thing for us to realize is that not everyone’s line of sight matches our own. That not only are the lenses through which others look different, but they might be smudged, scratched or missing altogether.

I do not know what you know. You do not know what I do. It is not possible for two experience sets, knowledge bases or lines of sight to be the same. So, do not judge others without first adjusting your own perspective. Or do not judge them at all.

Amend your line of sight. Stand on your tiptoes to peek over the crest ahead. Lean around that corner to expand your view. Share what you see. Read. Ask questions - and really listen. Learn. Don’t settle. Help others. Show empathy. Give someone else a boost up, a nudge or even let them take your seat.

A beautiful view is best when shared.


Line of Sight by ODESZA (featuring WYNNE and Mansionair)

ODESZA is a chameleon of a band. While firmly grounded in the alternative/electronic genre, their sound shifts each time based on the featured artist(s). New guest artist, new vibe. Without the constraints of a single, 'trademark' sound, ODESZA has a fluidity that gives them the creative license to make just damn good music.

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