“The road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
and I must follow if I can…” – J. R. R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Life is a journey, an adventure. Upon being born we find ourselves in a strange country. we didn’t choose to enter it, but here we are. As we grow up we may be given a map, or directions as to which path we should take, but it’s up to us to choose whether we follow the directions we’ve been given, or decide to strike out on our own. Perhaps we will choose to follow those who have gone before us, who have become familiar with the lay of the land. By following them we may avoid some of the dangers and sorrows we would have stumbled upon unawares on our own.
As we journey along we will find ourselves at times delighted, shocked, surprised, and scared by where our path leads us. Some say that it is not about the destination, but the journey. However, without a clear idea of where we’re going, it will be easy to become lost or disheartened, with no inspiration to push on, no goal to strive for. For often it is the thought of the destination that allows us to struggle on when we would otherwise have given up.
I’ve been on the road for nineteen years now. I’m by no means an experienced traveler, but I do have a destination in mind. Let me share my thoughts of where I’m headed and why. You might find some of it useful for your own journey…you might even find we’re on the same path; if not, maybe you’ll decide to join me. After all, a journey is always more fun with company.