Journey versus Destination
A little over three years ago I left my corporate career in pursuit of a new path. At the time I wasn’t sure of the destination and even today I am not quite sure. Some might argue that is reason for concern and I would partially agree. At times, I get a little concerned. Perhaps those are my old preferences for structure and stability making their occasional uprising. However, during some of the most challenging times of my masters programs I was asked by friends how things are going. I answered, crazy busy. So much work with school, consulting, coaching, graduate assistant position, etc. But it hit me right then that, I’m happy. I love everything I’m doing. I’m enjoying every bit of it.
Clearly, at that point, I had not even completed my masters degrees, so at least we can agree I had not yet arrived at that destination. That’s when I realized, it’s all about the journey. It felt great when I received both masters degrees, but that was for a moment. The journey lasted much longer than that moment. Ultimately, I enjoyed both the journey and the milestone destination.
Now I am embarking on carving out a new career for myself. Perhaps I should say, a new path. Career sounds too work related. I want my path to be about personal and professional aspirations. A lifestyle business. When I put it this way, the emphasis isn’t on the destination, as I have not even figured that out, but rather on the journey. Wherever I end up will be fine with me, so long as I enjoy the journey.
Think about your own life. What’s the journey like? Do you know the destination?
Make sure you are making the most of the journey…it will eventually become what you look back on when you reflect on your life. The milestone destinations will be important and special, but the real stories come from your journey.