• Jill

Don't Give Up. Just Take the Scenic Route

Can you relate? You had all these amazing plans laid out for how you wanted life to go. You saw the end where you can achieve self-actualization. Where you can have your cake and eat it too. But life doesn’t always go as we planned.

This is what I am going through right now. As much as I know that life never goes the way we want, and that sometimes it does lead to better things, it still is frustrating. After realizing my plans were not going the way I hoped, I took a few days to have a pity party and then reminded myself that my dreams aren’t over and I just need to find a different way to get there.

That is when I started looking at my journey to my dream as GPS directions. I set the GPS to take me the quickest and most direct route to get me to where I wanted to go. As I started on the path I noticed there was a traffic jam ahead and I need to slow down. When the traffic finally cleared and thought I was back on track, a road closure happened and I am being detoured on local roads. Well it looks like I am taking the scenic route for a while. As I am driving along I wonder if I will ever get back to the quick path again or will I be stuck on this scenic tour for the rest of my life.

An interesting fact about me is that I actually do enjoy the scenic route when I am driving my car. Unfortunately, I do not have the patience for it when it comes to achieving my goals. I need that goal to be achieved NOW!!!. I just imagined myself as a child, stomping my feet as I was wrote that last sentence. I find it interesting we tell our children to learn patience when we ourselves can’t do it sometimes.

With some of my previous goals, I needed to achieve them as quick as I could. I wanted to enjoy them and not wait for them to happen. The problem is that I end up half assing it and never really happy with how they turned out. I would think to myself “well if you just waited “X” amount of time you would have gotten more done and it would have been better.” Then I try to make myself feel better by saying “but you know what, you got it done and that's the important thing” But, is it really the most important thing or is taking my time and doing it right more important?

Getting back on path of this blog after my detour. I realized the dream at the end of the GPS directions is massively important to me and if I need to take the scenic route for a while to achieve it, then so be it, Because, in all honesty I will probably find things and people along this new path that will help make the dream even better than it was before.

Don’t give up on what you want to achieve. Take that scenic route and if I see you on it will stop and get something to eat together and maybe we can help each other out in the end.