Randomly the surf school of Agnes Waters has offered me a job as digital marketeer. Would I take it, and stick around; or would I move on and continue The Journey?
It brings me back to my morning walk in Agnes Waters, the trail I hiked without a map, without a real clue about where it would bring me, and definitely without good signage.
At a certain point a half-broken staircase lingers uphill, not really clear if it was intended to go somewhere, or that it ever had been a meaningful part of the track.
While seeing that part of the road and reminding me of the courage over comfort principle, hence getting on the unknown road rather than reversing. Eventually all roads lead somewhere, although you don’t know where yet.
This is the way I travelled and lived my life so far. I mostly had a beginning point, a flight ticket going somewhere, the beginning of a project, a job, a study, or a place to be. But I didn’t know certainly where it would eventually take me along the journey.
Yet all those journeys ended up in memorable stories, and they all brought me somewhere, showed me something, and taught me something.
As such, I cannot always answer where I’m going to, but I know I’m going somewhere. And eventually the destination doesn’t matter as much as being on the road, since the destination will be nothing more than the beginning of a new road. As such every destination is merely a stepping stone to the next track, the next level, the next challenge.
Direction over Destination
As the knights of the round table, I feel like life is a never-ending story, of which the end of one adventure will be nothing more than the beginning of another. Therefore, I don’t mind the question where I’m going, but I do care about where I am today, and where it potentially might bring me.
The direction matters more than the destination. Regardless of now knowing where exactly I will end up, I know in which direction I’m going. I know what matters to me, and what doesn’t; where I would like to go and where I would alter or deviate my route.
As such, I travel through life, conscious about the fact that I am on the road, that it is all about the journey, and that all I learn on the road will serve me eventually. Therefore, I cannot arrive yet, because there is so much more to learn.
So I reject the offer, and continue the journey; but I keep it in mind. Eventually that too might be a calling, an option, a means to reach my bigger goals. But not yet, there is so much more to learn on the road for now.