I’ve been taking a lot of time to consider life and the future for the past few weeks. I’ve been taking some downtime and trying to regain perspective on what life means to me and what my place is in it. I’ve been reminded that everyone gets tired at points throughout their life. Sometimes we get tired because we’ve been trying to fight the current and go against the grain. While sometimes it’s the thing to do to get through to the bigger victory, other times fighting and resisting the natural flow of things really hurts you and keeps you from moving forward.
I’ve always been a path-less-traveled type of person, but the past few weeks have got me thinking about whether I’m on the right path or if I’ve been resisting the path. Because even when we’re talking about “the path less traveled”, there’s still a path of some kind to follow. One of the conclusions I came to is that when you’re busy fighting against the flow (or just trying to stay afloat) you can miss the path or get distracted and forget that you’re on a path. Sometimes life does throw big blocks into your life like big health crisis or moving from one side of the country to another. One challenge we have is staying on point as we navigate over/through/around those blocks. Most of us get through OK, but not without a few scratches.
If you’re feeling tired this week I encourage you to take a look around and make sure that you’re not uselessly fighting against the current. Make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings, the pressures in your life and have the support to work through what’s in your life. If you are being blocked or fighting the current, learn the lesson you’re there to learn and get back on track as soon as possible. You never know how much life you have left, so make sure to care for the life you have.
“It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find patience enough in yourself to endure, and simplicity enough to believe; that you may acquire more and more confidence in that which is difficult, and in your solitude among others. And for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is right, in any case.” Rainer Maria Rilke