Throughout the London Tube there are signs directing travelers to the exit, as you can see in the accompanying photo the signs read Way Out. Many years ago when I first encountered a Way Out sign instead of the more familiar to me Exit sign it made me smile.
When I was young way out had a very different connotation as it referred to something or someone who was:
We used corresponding words like cool, far-out, hip and super. I do not remember using the word groovy but it seems that word accompanies such a sense of being way out in popular literature and media.
When I see the sign Way Out and observe individuals immediately exit the tube station I wonder if anyone would consider Way Out to be a prompt for creative action. I assume that choice is not on anyone’s mind but believe risk-taking, innovation and creativity would result from such a re-orientation to Way Out signs.
So the next time you see a Way Out sign consider it a catalyst for reaching higher rather than an escape. And if you do not encounter a Way Out sign create your own and use it to encourage your creativity.