I was waiting for my train home last Friday night. It was a night of unforeseen discovery for sure. So I’m standing on the platform and out of no where I see a huge rat scurry under the tracks to underneath the wall on the other side.

“Whoa!” Did…did anyone else see that?? No…nobody’s gonna react…??

I stood there, chuckling. Was that just something I had to see?

And without missing a beat the same rat went back the other way under the platform. Haha, okay okay…I get it. It means something…obviously gotta do some research.

This is what I found:

If Rat has scurried across your path you are being asked to assert yourself in new areas that you’ve not yet explored. Perhaps it’s time to take up those new hobbies, challenge yourself by learning something new or simply taking the uncertain first steps towards your dreams. Rat is letting you know it’s time for “new beginnings” and change.

Alternatively you are being asked to evaluate the clutter around you. Is it time to purge old baggage and feelings that no longer serve you? Time for a spring cleaning. Sell or giveaway all the physical things that are just filling up the space around you. In doing this you will often symbolically begin to clear old emotional issues and cluttered thinking. Allow yourself to feel as you purge. This cleansing act will make space for the new things to come.


“Okay, time to do more of what needs to be done.”

The next day I went to work and dominated all projects and tasks I knew I had to do. I listened to classical, my favorite kind of music, and took heads (for cars) apart and put a few together. Focused technical work with classical playing in the background. I was in a zone.

A few customers came in and were surprised to see me, no sleeves, lifting heavy heads and blocks, tattoos up and down my arms, caramel skin listening to classical music and able to multi task between putting heads together with lifters and cams while talking to them about their projects.

Oh, I felt it. A new surge of accomplishment like never before.

Later that night, after taking myself on a date and seeing a movie (more on that in another post soon) I was looking outside my window. An inhale and an exhale, as soon as the shale left I was hit with…I guess you could say an epiphany. But to me an epiphany isn’t deep enough for what I felt. It was a deep, cosmic understanding.

As if everything in the universe were falling into place. Like, huge dominos were putting themselves, upright. Like things were working in ways no one expected them to before, or at least beginning to.


With that in mind I couldn’t help but think of the Rat. “Okay. Whatever needs to happen, I’ll do it. I might not be ready for it that’s never stopped me before.”


-Gustavo Lomas