Life is a path we travel, first led by our parents, then in school where we are faced with the influences of teachers and other children. When high school ends and beyond, we face some difficult intersections. Do we have a map of where we want to go from here? Do we have any idea where we want to be?
The paths we choose to travel form the direction of our lives. Do we walk through the forest or desert? Do we choose to scale rough craggy peaks far above tree line to see stupendous views or do we choose wildflower covered meadows criss-crossed with gurgling streams?
What we experience along our chosen path depends in part on whether we enjoy pausing to focus on what lies along the way or whether we prefer to sail right by in a hurry to reach our destination. There is no wrong or right to our chosen pace, but understanding where we want to end up and who we want to be when we get there helps us to both enjoy the walk and be happy with where we end up.
I cannot ignore the familiar poem:
“Two roads diverged in a wood,
And I took the road less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
"Pathfinder" Original 24" x 16" oil on canvas