The sun sets on another day...
In my dream I stand at the top of a hill. A road stretches before me and forks to each side. Next to me my dog sits patiently waiting, wagging her tail in apprehension at the direction I will take. Coming down the road towards me is the potential for conflict, but though that conflict both peace and happiness. To the right lies unrest but no conflict, and to the left like an unsure future and again and no conflict. I ponder, wondering, and consider which road to take? I know the middle will be hard and fraught with pain, but the outcome will be rewarding. The others offer lesser rewards but no conflict. So again, how to proceed?
This "dream" is part of many scenarios from the book of questions to a few really awesome novels. The idea that we can live a mundane life versus a spectacular life through hardship is on the edge of a lot of peoples minds often. How we proceed is often driven upon who we are. Do we chance something new and fraught with issues or stay in a situation that just feels OK and we can live with? The hard part is knowing for sure which direction to go. I mentioned this previously in a post (here) where we pick our roads but let's take it one step further. Does it matter? When you are on a Jet-ski you can drive it around like a grandma and have some fun, drive it fast and have more fun, or ride the waves hard and end up 30 feet in the air. Which is more rewarding? I would say being in the air! If you are "off-road" in your jeep, or your truck, do you take the road that is asphalt or go for the wild ride up the mountain to the end of the cliffs or even a romantic romp on back roads that end s up in a tent (here). I feel this is considered in many relationships, do I take the chances, or do I take the safe path.
So who cares, right? Well I think we all should care and get on that bumpy path so we can live life, not exist in life. Spending a lifetime of peace will not make a person any more than a piece of peace. In the end they will not have experienced, known, or even given life a chance. So I return again to a quote by Hunter S. Thompson (Here) where he says:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
Obviously I am not the first who has considered the other roads, nor will I be the last, but at each turn I hope I can take those turns and hopefully you all will be with me.
So as the sun sets on another day, lets find life to live, lets grab onto those people that take us to new heights, go those new places that change our world, and find ways to make our life an amazing adventure, and not just an existence. Let's laugh out loud and not worry about who is listening, whistle while we work, and laugh at those that whisper in the corners life frightened mice, jump from the plane (with the parachute) and feel the rush of air through our hair, and live every moment so when tomorrow comes, we know that yesterday was past awesome.
Sleep sweet, find life, and make it your own, no matter what...