My friend Mary gave me a lovely bracelet for my birthday with a charm on it that says “It’s about the journey not the destination.” It also has a tiny suitcase with the word “adventure” on it and another ornament that says “Love this life.” To top it off is a tiny blue jade marble to represent this “blue marble” we all live on.
I have worn it every day since she gave it to me on New Year’s Day – also the anniversary of my birth. I plan on wearing it indefinitely and adding keepsakes to it as I go through the coming years.
It was wonderful gift and carries several important sentiments, which I’m very conscious of as I plan to take a long journey. Loving the life I’m currently living and appreciating it is sometimes tough when my mind is so focused on the future. Remembering that this world is truly small in the way we are all connected is a little easier for me and embracing adventure has always been one of my assets. The big one here is to incorporate the passion for the journey and not get sidetracked by planning towards a destination.
I’m a big planner. I love Excel spreadsheets and researching every aspect of any project. I must struggle to stay flexible as a venture unfolds. This is my true challenge; to cherish each step along the way, all pleasures as well as every challenge. However, I know I can do it. I know that keeping this mindset is just another challenge.
I find myself chanting a mental mantra – “It’s about the journey, not the destination.”