In life, we all embark on different journeys. We all set out to do certain things that, in some way, bring us satisfaction. Some people go to college, others pursue careers, and others start families. Maybe your journey is simply to find out who you are as a person. There are many different kinds of journeys, and each person’s journey is different. Some journeys are long and winding, others longer and windier, and others even longer and even windier. A lot of times, these life expeditions can be pretty darn tough. You might lose your way or get discouraged. You might fall down and break your arm (your metaphorical arm, of course). You might even find yourself starting your journey over, and over, and over again. But, no matter how tough it gets, no matter how difficult the path is, there’s one thing that you absolutely cannot do. You can’t forget why you took the journey in the first place.
Every person’s journey is different. This is true. However, every person’s journey starts in the same way; we decide we want something, and we start down the path that allows us to get there. Easy, right?
Wrong. The path isn’t straight, it isn’t paved, and it isn’t marked. It isn’t lighted, it isn’t mapped out, and it certainly isn’t one of those cool moving walkways in an airport. At some points, the path isn’t going to be pleasant. It’s going to be, well, downright ugly. I’ve heard that there are actually little men that jump out along the way and hit you in the shins with sticks (absolutely not true). You may not enjoy it all and you might even dread some of it. Bottom line: the path isn’t easy.
Unfortunately, people do get lost on their paths. It happens all the time. Some nasty obstacles come up, whatever those may be, and you either get stuck right where you are, or you try to go a different, but not so correct, route. You either come to a dead stop, or you go right instead of left and end up at K-Mart. And no one wants to be at K-Mart. It’s a crummy feeling to be lost. It feels like the whole word is against you, like there’s nothing and no one that can offer you any help.
So you get lost. You feel like you have no clue as to where you are or where you should be going. Although you’re life is spiraling completely out of control, don’t worry. First, I’ll tell you what not to do.
We all have a reason for the journeys that we take. Whatever that reason is, however big or small, the one thing you cannot do is lose sight of that reason. If you lose the reason for your journey, then, I hate to break it to you, but it’s time to start a different journey. Forgetting the reason that you started down your path in the first place means that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t so bright anymore. Actually, it has completely disappeared. And if you’re light has disappeared, if your goal is no longer known to you, there’s really no longer a point to your journey. If you lose the reason for your journey, you lose the journey all together.
So, if you think you’ve forgotten the reason for beginning your great life quest, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”. If your answer is “I don’t know anymore” then it’s time to call it quits and find another path to take.
I’ve told you what not to do, but now I’ll tell you what to do. Well, thought it seems a bit obvious, you gotta keep your eye on the prize! Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. Remember the reason for starting your journey.
Always keep your goal in sight. Doing so will allow you to keep in mind why you heading down your path. If you do that, if you keep the light at the end of the tunnel lit nice and bright, then your path will be much easier to see and your journey will be much easier to navigate.
Again, if you think you’ve forgotten the reason for taking your journey, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”. If your answer is ” I know exactly why I’m doing this and that is X,Y,and Z.”, then stick to it. You’ve got some traveling to do yet.
Life journeys are really, really hard. Most of them take a while and most of them force you to make some tough decisions. You may get bogged down along the way. Something might get in your way that seems impossible to avoid or overcome. You may want to give up, just throw in the towel. But, we take all of our journeys for a reason. There’s always something that’s pushing us down the path, driving us towards our goal. If all else fails, remember your reason. Sometimes, you get lost. It’s part of life. You can do two things. You can either find your way back and continue down the path, or you can stop where you are, reconsider what your doing, and start all over again.
Just remember, if you ever lose your way in the middle of your grand odyssey, “Losing your way on a journey is unfortunate. But, losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.”.