So many people seem to be reinventing themselves right now, striking out on thin ice in pursuit of passion, or a happier life. It’s a wonderful thing to witness, but the journey belies what we’ve been taught to expect. It’s not linear. There is no straight line or simple trajectory that will get us where we want to go.
This is one of my favorite images. I’ve posted it before, but am including it again because it speaks volumes.
For those of raised in the mindset of go to school, get good grades, go to college, start a career, a family, move up, and then retire, it’s easy to get frustrated. At every turn, we ask for directions and some wizened old geezer in our mind replies, “You can’t get there from here.”
He’s wrong and we have to learn how to either stop asking or listening to him. Today, as I’m bopping between studio and computer screen, pushing deadlines and inventing them, I am reminded that the definition of success is not where you end up, but how much you enjoy the journey.
Right now, I’m going to put my feet up, sip a cup of tea. and watch the spring snow. What are you doing to enjoy your journey?