“Something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another…like from childhood through adolescence to maturity” Peter Marin
“Lose yourself to find yourself. Some of the most important journeys we can make are the ones that, in purely physical terms, don’t lead anywhere in particular.” Lyn Webster Wilde
When people talk of a journey instantaneously our minds visualize a trip to Europe, Hawaii, or some exotic place. Heck, I always dreamed of taking a photojournalism journey around the United States to the small, out-of-the-way hometowns like on the old television show Route 66. I love history and seeing real, everyday life of the people on the streets. But there are other forms of journeys such as growing up or experiencing traumatic events in life and “getting through” them. Plus, there is the journey of a married relationship and walking hand-in-hand through the trials and tribulations of everyday life without killing one another. But to me one of the more critical journeys is the one we take in learning who we are as individuals.
Now, I’m curious. How did you choose to get through your life? What choices did you make, and were they the right ones for you? Actually, did YOU make the choices for your life or were they made for you? What mistakes did you make? If we had a “REDO” button, would you hit it? I know my journey was down a long, windy road covered with a lot of potholes. Did I happen to see you on that road at one time?
Unfortunately there are no “guide” books for parents in order for them to successfully guide us through the process of growing up. Also, often a child has their own idea of how they want to grow up and it doesn’t match the parent’s visions. Too often a parent will say “it is MY WAY or the highway!” Unfortunately “MY WAY” may not match what the child loves, their abilities, and their personality style. When there are misunderstandings or contradictory viewpoints about who a child should become sometimes that child ends up in a “black hole” until they can take a firm grasp of their own life and re-route their journey.
Having seen the inside of that “black hole” myself, I have volunteered for a variety of schools and organizations that work to help kids find a direction that works for them. There are a lot of kids out there who need support.
Now that I’m opening up to the world, I’m blooming, and drawing more people into my life. Sadly, it might be better late than never, but it does feel wonderful. In this case, my journey was a very long windy road. However, now I’ve found the end of the rainbow… my friends are my “pot of gold.”