I think it’s safe to say that life pretty much starts out the same for all of us. 1st we are born, then depending upon our parents and family life, we are raised in some way, shape and form.
Throughout our childhood, there are various influences and exposures that mold and effect our outlook and values. Family, education, environment, the prominent people who surround us etc…this all has a huge impact on who we grow into and the direction we take as we find our way out in the world.
So after those early molding years are behind us, at some point we each step out and embark down the long and winding road of life! We begin to figure ourselves out and develop some kind of plan for what we want to do and where we want to go.
The thing is, our life doesn’t come equipped with a road map! In a perfect world this would come in handy during those times we’ve felt a little lost, or in need of guidance when we came to a fork in the road.
Think for a moment about some of the life changing experiences you’ve had, or some of the big decisions you made (right, wrong or indifferent).
Now think about how different your life may have been if you’d had a reality road map or certain street signs that advised you of what was coming:
- CAUTION – Emotional Turmoil Ahead
- YIELD – To Oncoming Drama
- Turn Left to Play It Safe
- Veer Right To Avoid Intense Heartache
- Take Next Exit To Self Destruct
- WARNING – Unscrupulous Men Working Ahead
Ok, in all fairness the last one should probably also include “Unscrupulous Women”…(lol).
The more I thought about this, the more I realized there’s a reason we don’t get to see what’s down the road. If we had it all mapped out, we may have missed some of the most important things that have ever happened to us (the good, the bad and the ugly).
One slight veer in a another direction…taking a right turn instead of a left, and we may not have met our partner, had our kids, chosen our career path, travelled, moved, met our friends, or experienced the million and one other things that have impacted the person we are today.
I know we’ve all had moments of wishing we had a crystal ball…and haven’t we all felt the regrets of a bad decision, or taken our share of wrong turns? Of course we have, but its all part of life…I don’t think we get to have one with out the other.
We are who we are, thanks to the green lights and paved paths…but also from those pot holes we’ve hit and traffic jams we’ve been stuck in.
Perhaps the road we’ve already travelled, is designed to be our greatest compass of all.
For today friends…this is The World as Eye See it
( Photograph by Andrea Cordova)