One of my great loves is walking. Whether it’s an easy rainforest walk, an invigorating hike into the mountains or an early morning stroll along a deserted beach, nothing makes me feel calmer than treading Mother Earth’s bounty.
As the year draws to a close the Daily Post Photo theme seems particularly apt and it’s allowed me to reflect not only on physical paths I’ve walked but my own personal journey this year.
Looking back through many of my posts I can see how my writing has reflected my own personal journey this year. It’s been a hard year with the loss of my mum and coping with my own personal issues.
I guess that’s the beauty of blogging. It becomes a release, a way of coping and reaching out, not only to others who might be going through something similar, but also into the depths of ourselves. Learning about what matters to us.
I’ve reflected on how hard it is to figure out my purpose and where I’m heading.
I’ve looked back to see where I’ve been, to get an idea of how far I’ve come. What I’ve discovered is it’s not good to get stuck in the past.
Sometimes it’s only in looking ahead we can gauge how much effort we’re going to need.
Sometimes it’s necessary to slow down and get our bearings to make sure we’re heading in the right direction. It’s often those times we need a helping hand and encouragement, like my son here giving his sister a much needed nudge up the hill.
Mostly though, just putting one foot in front of the other is the best way to go. As my 15 year old son told me so eloquently on his return from camp last month …
“Sometimes in the middle of a long walk my thoughts would be reduced to ‘left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot’. It’s then you forget your worries, your past, your future and become engulfed in the present moment.”
That’s how I want life to be as I head into a new year. More forward thinking as I focus on appreciating those special moments and not getting caught up in the little things.
I have no doubt there will be challenges, stumbles and times when I’ll doubt myself but one thing is for certain. Change is in the air. Positive change.
None of us knows what’s over the ridge or around the next corner. But what is important is our attitude and shifting the focus to appreciate everything along the way.
“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.” — Welsh poet Gwyn Thomas
Here’s to making the most of life and keeping our eye on the big picture.
Wherever we’ve been this year and where ever we’re heading in the future, my hope is for more focus and clarity of mind.
My wish is that we can all move into 2017 with confidence, grab those opportunities that open up new paths, even if the direction changes along the way.
The important thing is to believe in ourselves and stay true to our heart’s purpose.
Because in the end, it’s not about finding the right path, it’s about finding our own way.
In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Path