A Life’s Journey
“All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.” – Unknown
While life is made up of many upon many little intricacies of day to day life, there are ultimately just a handful of things that truly ignite the passion inside each of us. For some people it can take a whole lifetime to identify what these area’s or interests are, going along just on the edge of realization but being to afraid to take that step from living a socially acceptable life to living a life that is filled each day with their deepest passion.
Identifying your passion is the hardest part, no matter the clues that your life may give you it is all to often these clues are not recognized. In fact the biggest clue of all is often the hardest hurdle to overcome, when you stop before doing to ask “What will other people think of me doing this?”. But one day instead of answering yourself with “People will think me strange” you will hear, “What does it matter, what people think?”. It is this day you have chosen, life to be your own.
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad
On the 31st of December 2010, I turned 27. Only 6 months before I was for the most part living my life asking what will other people think. However I was becoming more and more unsatisfied in asking this question and always getting the same answer. And in early September when considering my career at work, I made a decision take six weeks leave. But there was one thing that I quickly realized, I forget to ask myself what others might think.
Barely a month later that six weeks leave came around, and I was off on an amazing journey, through 5 countries, through countless cities and towns. To any traveler their day to day life, but for me it was new and exciting and different. It was something that I would be happy to make my day to day life. Through these six weeks of travel I came to the realization, travel is one of my passions.
While I found travel in such a sudden and big way, my other passion was not such a ground breaking moment. In fact my second passion which is Personal Development, more slowly grew over a period of time. To where I am now, in a place where I really want to grow my myself more and more every day. Exploring new area’s, looking at new opportunities and taking advantage of what life has to offer, rather than just hoping that I can fit in with what society sees as normal.
This is what I want to explore, life on my own terms. Seeing what I want to see, going where I want to go, experiencing what I want to experience, and making the journey of life, a journey worth traveling.
I don’t want to come to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. – Diane Ackerman