Have you ever had a dream so vivid you can still recall it decades later? I have one. In mine I was standing at crossroads, literally, deciding which road to take.
At the same time in my waking life I had to make a decision. Go to University, where I’d deferred a year earlier, and study journalism (my dream career) or continue in a job I’d grown to love.
I chose the job and, in making that decision, steered my future into a completely different direction.
I’ll never know what would have happened had I chose the other road. Are there ever any right or wrong decisions?
Perhaps not. We steer our own course to a degree, and the universe usually throws in some curve balls along the way. But things usually turn out the way they’re supposed to.
I let my dream go but I later traveled, met Doug and ultimately, through freelancing, returned to my love of writing. It’s like the road has come full circle.
The road I’ve taken has been a smooth and happy one though I’ll be lying if I said there haven’t been potholes, obstacles and road blocks along the way. But that’s life isn’t it?
Distractions and detours and learning to deal with the unexpected makes life interesting.
This weekend the road lead us to Acheron at Breakaway Twin Rivers Caravan Park, a beautiful riverside camping spot where we enjoyed dinner under the stars and breakfast amongst the ducks.
We came home via the scenic Cathedral State Park where the road and the mountain ranges rose up before us.
The road alternated between pockets of dazzling sunshine to long shadows in front of us.
It reminded me of the differences in our days. How sometimes we can feel so positive while other days leave us vulnerable and filled with doubts.
Straight stretches and curvy bends remind me of the complexities of life. Nothing is straight forward and things are often complex. I’m often reminded “it is what it is”.
Yes, true, but life does get complicated. Or do we make it that way in our mind? Letting circumstances overwhelm us, instead of accepting how things are and pushing through barriers.
A road – life – can feel as though it’s smooth when suddenly the whole outlook changes.
Maybe we’re off-course. Second guessing, misinterpreting, misunderstanding. It happens but we can get back on track.
Sometimes we just have to hold on tight and ride it out. Because every road, no matter it’s direction, leads us forward. It might be bumpy but we can handle it.
Every step we take, no matter how small, is significant. Every person we meet brings meaning to our life. Everything that happens to us is for a reason, even if we’re still figuring out what it is.
The trick is to notice and not to get so bogged down that we miss the moment, because that’s where magic is found.
The places we go, the people we meet, they’re all part of the journey. Even the dramas and the little things make us stronger and lead us forward.
At the end off the day, no matter what roads we travel, they’re all taking us somewhere. I hope for you it’s somewhere wonderful.
Wishing you all happiness and peace on whatever road you’re on.
Stay safe, have fun and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses along the way. In the end life is one big journey and it’s up to us how we approach it.
In response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: The Road Taken