“Do you KNOW where you’re going?”
“We’re lost, aren’t we?”
Yes, I’ve heard these questions a few times. It’s hard admitting that we haven’t got a clue where we are or how to get to where we intended. It’s humiliating and, dare I say it, humbling.
Yet, how many years of our lives do we spend trying to “figure things out” or trying to “find myself”? We set goals for ourselves, strive for those goals, and somehow take a wrong turn somewhere or get distracted.
There’s an old proverb that says, “The unaimed arrow never misses.” This is similar to the George Harrison lyric that says, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Have we lost our way? Has our life’s mission changed? Have we gotten stuck in a rut?
The easy part of “life” is to do what is comfortable and routine. Face it, we are routine oriented people. If you don’t believe it, why do we post the time and date in so many places? The art of living is to enjoy the adventure of doing something out of our ordinary, finding our way to a destination that may not be ‘normal.’
One of my favorite quotes about truly living is from J.R.R. Tolkein: “Not all who wander are lost.” We may look like we’re lost and wandering aimlessly to some, but in reality we’re heading for our destination by following a different route. We may not strive to reach a point as fast as we can. To truly live is to learn as you go, enjoy the scenery, don’t be afraid to stop and look around for a bit.
We only get few trips around the Sun, make them worth taking.