Lessons from the Road

Sometimes, you can find free life lessons on the road. Literally.

Graffiti Road

At the Eastern end of Ashley Avenue, on the island of Folly Beach (South Carolina), a quarter mile of road leading to the beach has been blocked off to vehicular traffic. Every available square inch of asphalt had been written on, doodled on, or spray painted.

Sometimes, the advice was trite, though good natured and well intentioned:





In other places, images predominated, no words needed….

One of the messages, “You are loved, never give up” had an 800-number added.

I looked for that 800-number online and had no idea what I’d find: Logic, an American rapper, performed his song “1-800-273-8255” at the Grammys. The title is actually the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Calls to the hotline spiked after the release of his song which features a young man who is suicidal as he struggles with his sexuality. In the end, the song encourages people to stay alive, reminding them that they have something special to bring to the world. This Youtube video gathered 432 MILLION views in the past 4 years! In almost 400,000 comments, many people talk about their own experiences of despair and how this song helped them stay alive.

I learned all of this by following up on a note scribbled on a road! It was very moving.

After my research, I felt particularly drawn to the following message – it sounded reassuring and sincere:

You will be okay

I wondered what advice I would have added to Graffiti Alley – IF I had chalk (or, less likely, spray paint) on me and IF I could have found an empty piece of asphalt to write on. And this is what I finally settled on:

The best revenge: Live joyfully

What advice would YOU add?

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14 Responses to Lessons from the Road

  1. Klausbernd says:

    Graffitis are often quite clever. I regularly had to fly into Zรผrich and there I found quite some philosophical graffitis as well as in Bologna.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you a wonderful new year
    The Fab Four of Cley
    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hallo Klausbernd – I bet someone could conduct interesting research of graffiti worldwide, and content analyze it. While I’ve seen a lot of trite love declarations of the “Amanda luvs Kevin” variety, and the crude phallic doodlings of the immature teenage-minded male persuasion, there are astute political statements and profound philosophical messages as well. Oh well, maybe in my next lifetime? Alles Gute und Liebe im Neuen Jahr.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I have a friend who lives in Charleston — west of the Ashley, as a matter of fact — so I’d heard of Folly Beach. I sent her a link to this post, and she enjoyed it. She also mentioned an establishment on East Ashley, which you may have visited: Bert’s Market. Between your post, the thought of the beach, and Bert’s website, I found myself wishing Charleston was just a little closer.


  3. What a fun and interesting street. I’m happy to see graffiti used to uplift others. May love and kindness spread in 2022.


  4. I like that the street has been set aside for graffiti artists. There is a beautiful covered bridge near where I live that has specific boards for graffiti with thoughts of encouraging artists to use them as opposed to other parts of the bridge. It seems to be working! โ€“Curt


  5. David F says:

    A wonderful post. Thanks for sharing!


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