July's theme of the month on Man Repeller is GET LOST.
Welcome to Get Lost Month
07.02.18

As someone with an admittedly wonky sense of direction who experiences frequent bouts of existential what-am-I-doing-with-my-life spirals, I am very into our July theme: Get Lost!

The idea of Get Lost!, plus exclamation point (which, by the way, was a contentious debate, similar to the one the band Panic! At the Disco must have had — only I think our team remains split on who is and isn’t going to use it), came about after trying to find a phrase that captured the sentiment behind “wandering,” but had more oomf, more purpose (even if that is a contradiction), and sparked the sense of a billion more possibilities.

While brainstorming stories for Get Lost! month, the team thought about…

– Getting lost (while traveling to new places, but also while discovering unturned areas of local neighborhoods, plus the inevitable discoveries that arise as a result of both scenarios)
– Losing yourself (in dance, in love, in ways both good and not)
– Telling worries, anxiety, stress and/or assholes to get lost
– Feeling lost completely (in life, as a general category, but also: in your career, in your relationships, in your cluttered apartment)
– Losing/shedding negative ways of thinking
– And, ultimately, finding yourself

There’s a scene from the movie Dan in Real Life that I think about every now and then, particularly when I need an adult time out (for whatever reason): the main character, Dan, is, well, let’s say he’s acting like an idiot and really needs to air it outSo his mom tells him to “get lost for a little while.”

“Maybe I should stick around,” he says.

“No,” she replies. “Get lost, Danny. It’s not a request.”

So he does. No spoilers, but sometimes I tell myself to go “get lost” as a result. And often, it helps.

There you have it: the same thought starters that we used to get our brains cranking on the month ahead. What do you want to read more of in July? What do you want to SEE more of? Do you want to find your way, or are you looking to get lost for a while? Use the comments section to tell us everything.

Photo by Edith Young. Art direction by Emily Zirimis. 

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