I think anyone can take this word and apply it to his or her life. I mean, isn't that what life is...a journey?
I've had so many journeys:
Each one of these journeys is still a big part of my life. I'm convinced that each one will be a part of my life indefinitely. I hope that I continue to learn and grow. I hope my life doesn't become stagnant where I'm stuck in the same place forever.
With that being said, I think sometimes we have to sit on the side of the road and take a little break. Drink some water. Have a snack. Take a nap. Look around and evaluate how far we've come on our journey. Take time to mourn the bad times and rejoice in the good times. Remind ourselves that it's ok if we're not exactly where we want to be because we're still moving forward.
I'm not where I want to be with my weight loss. I've lost weight and then gained it back. However, I'm not where I was when I began. I now have five half marathons under my belt and enough knowledge to continue on this journey of becoming the healthiest person I can be.
I've made a lot of mistakes as a parent. I get tired and snappy. I don't always make the best decisions. Sometimes I forget to make quality time a priority. But, I have a great kid. He's smart, a natural leader, loves God, and makes me laugh on a regular basis.
Oh goodness I have made a wreck of my personal life. I've gotten in relationships that I know I shouldn't have. I had not given myself time to get over one relationship before I dove head first into another. I've hurt people. People have hurt me. You know the good thing about these experiences? I've learned from them. And now I'm giving myself time to work on myself and make sure I'm happy with me before I decide to reenter the dating field.
I really wanted to have my bachelor's degree by now, but I don't. However, because I waited to get my degree, I now know without a doubt what I want to do with my life. I couldn't have said that even a couple of years ago.
I would not be who I am today if I had not gone through the trials that have come with this journey. I have cried many tears, but I have also laughed and enjoyed good moments just as much.
This is my life.
And, as a certain band would say...
Don't stop believin'