Life is a journey

Life is a journey

We all know it is not exactly a straight and easy one: there are ups, downs, and many obstacles to overcome. We have to keep moving forward.

The problem arises when we drift from our path, not to take a detour, but to go into a dead end. It happens without us even noticing. We think it is a shortcut, another way of taking our journey, and suddenly we hit a wall.

And sometimes we just stay at the end of that street, looking straight at that wall, not understanding why there’s no way out. Or we stay waiting for a door to magically open. We suffer for not being able to keep moving forward, but we don’t turn back. Instead we keep pounding on that wall, sad and desperate.

There are situations and people that do not take us anywhere. They leave us in that dead end. Relationships and friendships that do not do us any good and are not going anywhere, yet we hold on to them desperately. Projects or jobs that worry us, that do not provide us with anything. Yet, we cannot seem to quit them.

When you find yourself in a situation that could harm or make you unhappy, you must stop and think: am I overcoming an obstacle or am I paralyzed at a dead end? If it’s the former, you have to keep fighting. But if it’s the latter, it’s crucial that you take notice so you can let go of everything that’s keeping you from moving forward.

In the metaphor, it’s all about taking a deep breath, turning around, and leaving that dead end. Without looking back at the wall you’ve left behind. Getting back on the main road, with its steep slopes, detours and stones to trip on… but at the end of the day, with its advances and with all its future opportunities and possibilities.

Source: Overcoming Your Obstacles – Exploring your mind