Thursday, June 29, 2017

Enjoying the journey

"Every time life brings you to a crossroads, from the tiniest to the most immense, go toward love, not away from fear. Think of every choice in terms of 'What would thrill and delight me?' rather than 'What will keep my fear—or the events, people, and things I fear—at bay?'" ~Martha Beck

Cindy La Ferle
As you may have noticed in recent posts, all things related to travel and road trips -- even traffic signs -- are metaphors for aging to me. Whether I'm on a highway or a bike path, I also think about where I'm headed in life, what matters to me, and how some of my goals and interests are shifting as I move forward. In those moments, inevitably, I notice road signs that read: Sharp curve ahead, DEAD END, or Proceed with caution.

When things get a little scary, I find myself retreating to the safety of my comfort zone. Sometimes I have to hush the voice inside that asks, "Am I too old for this?" Sometimes I have to push myself to expand my outlook with foreign ideas, explore new friendships, or try different skills that make me feel like a beginner again.  One thing I know for sure: Life is both a privilege and a journey, and I need to keep learning along the way.

How about you? Is life taking you on a trip, or are you mapping out your own adventures?

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