I've been thinking a lot lately on how we move forward in our lives. Forward in both good times and after the bad. How couples move forward after they say "I do" and how those that don't stay together, move forward after they say good-by. How the college graduate moves forward into real life, work life. The way newly retired folks begin again, another new chapter in their lives with more wrinkles on their face and wisdom in their hearts. It seems to me that we are all striving to move forward in life, whether we are aware of it or not. There may be times when we feel stagnate, that our lives have come to a stand still and hold no more surprises and no more adventure. Could it be that when we find ourselves feeling this way, we have chosen this state of mind?
I'm of a restless nature. Always looking for the next challenge, the next opportunity to learn, the next person to befriend, the next painting to create, the next story to develop. I guess you could say I'm always putting myself on the road to somewhere. Roads leading to small and simple tours of new and unexpected outcome, and roads leading to monumental change. Looking back on my life, I can now see that I've been this way from a very young age. To others looking from the outside, it may have seemed I stayed in one place, snug within my comfort zone. But I know different, for if only in my imagination, I was constantly seeking new roads. The status quo has never held my attention for long. And I recognize and admire those who travel the roads to someplace new far more often than I do. I look to them in awe.
We make our own lives. It is up to us to put ourselves on the road to somewhere wonderful. Places of meaning and worth, of happiness and joy. Places that excite our senses, feed our souls, and which lead to good, no harm. It is a great privilege in life to have choice. Moving forward is a choice.
This weekend, next week and every day of your life, put yourself on the road to somewhere. Move in a positive direction. Go out and take advantage of every opportunity life holds out to you. Be grateful. Help others along the way. Find yourself in a place of wonder.