Every once in a while you run into the end of your path and your left facing impassable brambles. It happens to everyone ad you have two choices, go back and find another path, or forge ahead, pulling at the brambles and making your own bloody path. Either path can be the right path, in fact, that is the real heck of it – there may be fewer ‘wrong’ paths than there are ‘right’ ones. It’s just a matter of which path you choose to follow.
The journey is rough, and long, and there will be times when you lose every last bit of strength to push forward. The brambles close in, the darkness starts to suffocate you, and the light that you use to guide your way forward dims until it is almost extinguished.
You will fight but the harder you fight the dimmer your light will get because that light depends on you and when you are out of juice, it is out of juice and you give up.
You give up dreams, hopes, passions, and even loves.
You give up on yourself.
Once you do that, the path engulfs you and you’re just sleepwalking through the rest of your life, letting life push you this way and that along the path of least resistance, and you can find happiness there, sure, but you also find that the engine driving you has died and that instead you are on a conveyor, pulled along until your eventual end.
A passenger in your own life.
When you feel yourself running down you have to stop, to pause, and let that light dim and let yourself slow down so you can hear your own heart.
We forget that our only guide along this path is our heart and if we stop being able to hear it then we won’t get anywhere. We’ll just be wandering, following our own echoes.
We have to take time to breathe and think about where we are and what we are going towards and then we can plot our course.
Sometimes it is forward.
Sometimes you make your own path.
You never know.
The journey is full of all of those things and more.
The only way forward, truly forward though is if we slow down to make sure you are taking care of yourself and your dream.
In the end, despite the support of friends, lovers, or family, you are truly all you have in the end.
It’s your journey and your path and if you won’t take care of yourself and your vision then no one else will.
That’s just how it is.
There is a path forward.
There is always a path forward.
It may not be the one we like, or the one that seems best, but if we take the time to slow down and listen to our hearts, to ourselves, take time to recharge, then in the end we’ll still be moving forward, and that is the only way we can get to where we need to end up.
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