Journey in a life

pathforest.jpgThere is one ultimate truth that we all must accept. Just as we are born, we must also die. The first experience is not something we can concern ourselves with, but the second is different; it’s something which is always lurking out there in front of us. This is not meant to be a depressing statement; rather it should be used for inspiration when the intricacies of life threaten to bury us under their combined weight.

In our lives we are faced with abundant choices that sometimes overwhelm us and cause us to overcomplicate our lives. We tend to forget that the real experience of life is to be found in living life for ourselves.

There are so many people out there lining up to tell us how we should live our lives. The government would like us to fulfill certain places in our society, managers tell us how to do our jobs, teachers tell us what we should learn, parents tell us what type of people we should be and the media tells us what we all should be. We are told how we should make lots of money to be happy, what we need to spend all the money on to be happier and how we should tow the company line to keep the world on an even keel.

roller.jpgOf course life is never going to be easy. However sometimes it’s good to appreciate life’s ups and downs as this way you know that you’ve truly lived. What’s the fun in travelling on a roller coaster that travels straight ahead at the same speed with no bumps, turns or loops? I don’t know about you, but I love the roller coasters that scare the hell out of me, I want plenty of speed, tight bends, loop-d-loops, turns and quick drops. By experiencing the extremes for myself I can directly feel the pain or joy that those experiences cause. Mediocrity is a terrifying prospect.

Taking the road less travelled is often thought to be a good philosophy to apply to life. For me though I say don’t take the road at all. Go places that no one else has been, do things that no one else has done and take away memories that no one else can have. Don’t choose a life where you are defined by your possessions, your job or your social standing, choose a life of rich experiences, vivid memories and evocative stories.

Life is inevitably defined by our choices, so make a decision to strap your metaphorical machete to your back, head out your front gate and don’t look back. Perhaps take the road for a while if you need to, but when you’re ready, and you’ll know when this is, step off the road and use your machete to cut down any overhanging branches that threaten to block your way. Now your life is your own and you can really start to live.

9 Comments

  1. TerraPraeta

    That’s great Tracey, couldn’t agree more.

    While ‘The Road Less Traveled’ has always been my favorite poem, I have another saying that I have been using increasingly over recent years that you might appreciate:

    “Thinking outside the box? Forget the box– throw away the box…”

    tp

  2. kelley

    Absolutely. One of my big goals for my twenties is to stop caring so much about what other people think, and to stop wanting certain things just because I’m “supposed” to want them. It’s such an easy trap to fall into; you definitely have to be conscious of why you make your choices if you want to discover what truly makes you happy.

  3. Nico

    I had an idea for a Public Interest Courtesy post – respecting other people’s personal space. Not in an emotional sense, referring to people one knows, but simple things, like NOT standing next to a complete stranger with your shoulders touching at a bus stop, when there is several feet of room to move in any direction! This is something that ticks me off exceedingly. I was going to post about it myself, but thought you would do it better 🙂

  4. Tracey

    Hi TerraPraeta – I love that poem too. But I really like your saying. Removing limitations and defining our own path and own thinking is the way to really live. Thanks for your comments.

    Hi Kelley – I couldn’t agree with you more. I think sometimes that it’s easy just to do what we’re all supposed to do, rather than actually thinking about what we really want out of life. Thanks for passing by.

    Hi Nico- Sounds like a great idea. I’ll get to work on it today and let you know when I’ve come up with something. Cheers.

  5. Amie Lee

    I couldn’t agree more with the part where you said something about appreciating life’s ups and downs. Certainly we are happier when the ups occur but it is the downs that makes us stronger, and also appreciate the true meaning of life. Just experiencing the ups will make our lives rather dull…

  6. Tracey

    Hi Amie Lee – So true. While I’d prefer things to be going well, you don’t appreciate them to the same degree as when you’ve experienced some lows. You learn who you really are as a person this way I believe.

  7. Tisha

    A-M-E-N Tracey!

    You have such a gift for words, when I read:”Don’t choose a life where you are defined by your possessions, your job or your social standing, choose a life of rich experiences, vivid memories and evocative stories” I jumped up for joy that you see life so clearly!

    In appreciation
    Tisha

  8. Tracey

    Hi Tisha – Thanks so much for your very kind words. I think it’s always important to try and keep the layers of ourselves peeled back to the bare essentials rather than get caught up in all the other stuff that fills our lives.

  9. Dan

    Wow great entry, very true. You seem to attract really intelligent people to this blog. It’s so sad to see people being what societygovernment wants them to be rather than being what they want to be, at least we know we have found a way out of that trap.

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