Have you ever had a major decision to make between binary options?
I have had a few in my life. John Martin’s “Just Drive”, simply teleports me back several years ago when I had to decide whether to move and work in Boston, MA, USA or stay in Montreal, QC, Canada. So what critical activity did I do to help me process all the different feelings, thoughts, expectations, list of pros and cons, and possible consequences regarding whether to stay or go, you may ask? I took my keys and just drove my car to the nearest major city. Just drive.
This is my own personal theory:
The preoccupied conscious mind is focused on driving (forward motion), while the subconscious mind is trying to resolve an issue the person has an intention of resolving(whether to move to Boston or not). Scores of feelings, thoughts, worries, expectations, weighing pros and cons, and imaginary scenarios flood the mind, and it so desperately tries to make sense of it all.
I believe the subconscious mind is processing and calculating it all, at an unimaginable speed. At the end of the ride, the subconscious solution is resolved and bleeds through to the conscious mind. You feel a sense of relief and clarity at the end of the drive when you are returning home from the drive. Problem is surprisingly solved and the decision is intuitively made. It appears as if driving distracts the conscious mechanical mind, while the real problem-solving is done by the subconscious mind behind the curtain. The mind seems to have re-allocated most of its resources to the subconscious mind to deal with the issue.
Please tell me I am not the only person who has experienced this. Thank you John for this passionately-delivered song that has evoked something to be explored further.