Often we focus on the destination with so much intensity that we completely forget about the journey. Each of us has a unique story that goes along with our journey in life. We are exactly where we are today because of the roads we have chosen.
In 2005 I could have never imagined that I would end up in the Midwest. I became adapted to living the big city life during my time in New York, and the minute I left, I missed it.
I spent a lot of time in a mountain state after that, but I never enjoyed it or even considered living there. I spent all of my time training, writing, reading and on Fridays, watching movies. That was probably the longest time I spent living away from a coastline, until now. Los Angeles began as my home in my early years, and became my home again. It was the place I thought I would live the rest of my life.
Looking back, the funny thing is that I do not miss it at all. I was going over all of the choices big and small that brought me to where I am in Illinois today. I do not regret my past because it shaped who I am today. I regret certain choices and actions I chose. I never dwell on my past in a negative way, because it shaped the person I am today. I am thankful for my journey and most of all, that I survived.
I learned a lot of things the hard way. The lessons of my life come from experiences both good and bad. Now, I hope to pass on my experiences to anyone who cares to listen, and save them the trouble of learning the hard way.
I lived in a state of constant dread. A life of, “What if?” or, “How long?” Even after I began the change process, I still felt uneasy all the time. Looking back, I will sometimes catch myself wondering why did I not seek change sooner. I know now that it is because I was not ready and God’s timing is perfect.
My journey taught me that we can all accomplish what seems impossible as long as we are dedicated to improving and staying the course. We may not get exactly what we set out for, but what we do receive will be more than we could have dreamed.
Destination or journey? The real prize is what we learn along the way.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.