I’ve come across many times where I wished I didn’t have to go through an event or situation. High school was one of the event of my life that I wished I could have had an understudy play my part and I just watch from the sidelines.
The Rumi quote I’d like to write about today states,
“It’s your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” Rumi
Though high school was a difficult time for me, it was an event in which I needed to journey through in order to become the woman I am today. I was given the experience to overcome so many more challenging events in my life and without the difficult times in high school, I may not have succeed. This Rumi quote makes me think of my favorite bible verse — Philippines 4:11-13.
Not that I speak in respect of want: For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed to be both full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthenths me.”
Life offers up so many opportunities that at first glance bring about negative emotions. Some people have negative feelings towards public speaking or flying or heights, etc. In life, we all have a journey to make. There will be hills and valleys, rough terrain and easily traversed paths, beautiful and fear-inducing surroundings. I have learned that life is about the experience. Whether the experience brings about negative or positive emotions, there will always be something from the experience to enhance your existence.
The important part to remember about your journey is that it is YOUR journey. The lessons we are to learn on our journey can only be consumed by the owner of the journey. You may not want to be part of certain events or situations but we get what we get and we don’t get upset.
The other lovely part is that you never have to journey alone. You will be accompanied by those who love and support you, also known as your encouragers, as well as the occasional naysayer, your critics. You need both encouragement to get through difficult times and critiques for times when you’ve done great but it’s time to grow. When the time comes for you to journey alone, you will have the opportunity to reflect and really apply the lessons from your path.
I appreciate my path and the lessons I have learned a long the way. Even in times where I feel like I am in a good place, I continuously look for learning opportunities.
Be glad that your road is yours to walk. No one but you could survive your path. Embrace your climbs and your falls because in both there is opportunity to become a better version of yourself!