Recently while zooming through pictures on Instagram, I stumbled across a series of photos taken by someone somewhere amazing.
There were snow-capped mountains with the sky big and blue. It looked wild and beyond beautiful.
The comments were many and varied, but said things like, “I wish I was there,” and “Oh, you’re so lucky.”
I was struck by the words in the comments. How stuck and discouraged they sounded. I could hear longing in the words typed and could almost view the distant dreamy eyes of the person on the other side.
I am convinced we box ourselves in by life. We view others as getting a lucky break and we just have to keep plugging along. We let life and its circumstances rule and run our lives instead of ruling and running our circumstances.
We forget that we are in control of where we end up. If you want it to be in the mountains, than make it happen!
We are never stuck!
The typical American story goes: college, apartment, marriage, cars, house, dog, kids, 20-30 years of putting in time at a mundane job with a couple of weeks of summer vacation smattered in, retirement, and grandkids.
Some people like and want that. This post is for the people who don’t.
The problem lies in the fact that most people don’t have a plan for their lives and end up getting distracted by shiny objects. These can look different for different people but they are anything that pulls us further from our intended goal instead of bringing us closer.
Life is tricky. It twists and winds. It blows hard and threatens to topple. It ripples and rocks and shakes and squeezes. It is loud and distracting. It drips like a leaky faucet.
Unless we know where we are going, life will toss us by the wayside, trample on us like a horse in full gallop, and continue on its merry way leaving us crushed, lost, and bewildered.
“Living life in an improvisational manner is a disaster waiting to happen” – Andy Andrews
The Instagram photo reminded me we have control of where we end up. Dreams are in us for a reason, and if we want to do something, we can find ways to make it happen.
Question: Where do you want to end up in life? Are you on track to get there?