We all on a journey because life is the greatest journey we will ever take.. Where we began and where we end is not the focus of life, but the journey through it is. What have I learned in my 60 year journey through life so far? I’ve learned that there will be joy as surely a there will be tears. There will be success and there will be failure. There will be moments of fear and acts of heroism. There will be days when I think I’ve had just about all I can take, and days so beautiful I never want to see them end. I’ve learned that my life experience is up to me. I can make choices and I can make changes. The journey is not always a straight line from beginning to end. Sideroads and hidden paths sometimes confuse my progression, other times lead me to new experiences that help me grow.
Take my Parkinson’s disease, for instance. Never that one coming. A bit of a roadblock, it has become my constant companion for six years now, and it has, of course,caused me to make some changes in the direction I was going on my journey before PD. As John Lennon so wisely observed, Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. My advice is make plans, but make them out of silly putty, so they can stretch in whatever direction your journey requires. PD may have slowed me down, but my journey continues and I am moving forward.
Let me add that the journey will provide opportunities for mystery and promise, challenge and despair, triumph and heartbreak. Life is not a journey for the timid or the weak. It is a journey of discovery, of finding a way past the roadblocks, meeting the challenges, finding the opportunities to be magnificent. Discovering who you are and what you are capable of achieving is the quest of the journey.
I try to take my journey one step at a time, not so intent on trying to see what is coming that I miss what is, right now. If I am mindful, when my journey is complete, I will have the memories of a life well-lived; if not, I’ll be filled with regret for all those lost opportunities to make my life matter , to embrace my journey. no matter where it leads or how it challenges me. I intend to complete my journey with no regrets.
So, perhaps, I will see you out there on the road,. Our journeys intersect and mix with others constantly. May your journey be just what you need it to be. may you be what your journey needs you to be – magnificent.