Life is a Journey, Not a Destination.

7.09.2012


Can we chat for a minute about life as a 20-something?

I recently came across this quote and it really resonated with me as it's something I often forget:

"Life is a journey, not a destination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't always (read: I never) take enough time to stop and appreciate what I've accomplished or experienced. It's always "what's the next step?" When are we moving? What's your next project ... career move ... big thing? What are we doing this weekend? It's easy to get caught up in our own minds, rehashing to-do lists, attempting to prepare for what's ahead, basically being good, responsible 20-somethings. Am I right?

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that we should give up our to-do lists and dreams (I couldn't survive without either of those), but that we should be present in our own lives. It's easy to constantly go!go!go!, but it takes work to be exactly where you are, and appreciate it. It takes work not to go on auto-pilot, especially when you have your daily routine down to a science.

What I'm proposing is that we take even a minute or two longer to enjoy our accomplishments before we start planning our next big feat, savor our coffees in the morning, plan more get-togethers with our girlfriends, linger a few seconds longer over a kiss, and maybe even sleep in on Sundays. Happy little moments that add up over our lifetime journey.

When you're driven and dedicated, it's easy to forget that life isn't about where you end up, but where you are and where you've been. At the end of the day it's a sum of the things you've experienced, places you've been, relationships you've built, and things you've accomplished.

It's about celebrating the everyday ... and remembering that life has a funny little way of working itself out. So what do you say, will you join me in this little celebration of where we've been, where we are, and where we're going? I have a sneaking suspicion that celebrating the little things will make our big accomplishments that much sweeter.



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