Love where you are as much as where you are going so you will never miss a moment of the journey – Unknown –
Lately Long train rides have been my favourite thing to do, apart from getting lost and directions my favorite part is the journey in between before I reach my destination. Long train rides to Liverpool so far are my favorite as I can look at the scenery, think about my life and everything that is going on, reflect, read a book and listen to music. I have been wanting to go inter railing for a long time and one of the places I would love to go explore using scenic trains is Switzerland, ahhh they literally have the most beautiful scenic landscapes.
During train rides I have to sit through the journey I am taking until I reach my stop, I could also choose to get off, hop on another train, change to a different route, at the end of it my goal is to reach my destination. Life is pretty much similar to a train ride we are all on a journey with a final destination what we do, who we choose to love, the friends we have, the jobs we take are all decisions we make through out, what happens in between is up to you.
We all go through highs & lows, comfortable and uncomfortable stages this could be the unemployment & employment stage, the relationship stage (breakups, makeups, honeymoons), friendships, education etc. in all these stages or some of them we have a tendency of rushing the process to get to the next stage in order to get out of the uncomfortable phase or we miss pivotal moments while our eyes are set on the end goal.
The trouble is whenever we do this we cease to enjoy the moment and love where we are as we are too busy looking forward to where we are going and in the process we miss moments that happened during our tests and trials. These moments however good or bad teach us something about ourselves and mold us into a better person. I have found my self at times looking forward to the future and forget to live in the moment especially when I am going through an uncomfortable season.
Uncomfortable seasons are good in a way depending on how you look at them from a positive point of view they teach us a lot about ourselves, how strong we are and can be, how much we can grow, what we can achieve, and what we can overcome. Sometimes in order to grow into the next stage you have to trust the process and go through it, often times we are so impatient and we do not want to go through with the process and we just skip, find shortcuts or end up quitting it all together. Have you ever been running late that you make the decision to change your usual train route to a different one in hopes that you will get there earlier and in the long run you become even later than you would have been if you stuck to the same route. Its so important to trust the process and stay the course, God also has a funny way of making the things we fail to learn from come back in a different way, the same mountain or obstacle you avoided will come back through another job, another relationship, another friendship, or another scenario.
Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey – Micheal Josephson –
Your seasons however may not all be uncomfortable some seasons maybe great seasons, but we maybe so focused on the next goal that we don’t take the time to live in the moment and appreciate the season we in. There are times when I have been cruising through life only to look back and realize wow I missed that moment I wish I had just soaked it in and enjoyed it, kind of like sleeping on a train and missing all the beautiful scenery. There are some special moments in your life that cannot be repeated that you will never get back, You will never be 21 or 25 or 30 again, there are some moments in life where you just have to be thankful and grateful for how far you have come, how much you have achieve, the person you have grown into. Always ask yourself what or how much you have learnt from a season?
These past few months/weeks I have been teaching myself to enjoy the journey of my life however bad, difficult or good each season is the best thing is to always look at the positive aspect of it. Its good to have a goal to look forward to but make sure while your on the journey you are engaging and taking in all that life throws at you, everyone or everything that comes your way is molding you into the person you will become.
Happiness is not about the trophy, or the finish line. Its the journey. If you enjoy your journey, you can enjoy your life – Pharrell Williams
Enjoy the Ride of your Life.