How Many Roads

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In the end, it doesn’t really matter where you started, it really only makes a difference where you wound up.

An interesting kind of idea, and one that many folks don’t quite know what to do with.

There are 3 parts to any journey, even journeys of self-discovery.

First part of the journey is knowing where you are starting from. In truth, it does not matter where you started from, it does not matter where you are physically, or emotionally, or spiritually.

What matters is that you decide where you are and start from there.

Going on a Journey to Cleveland

Let’s pretend that you are going to take a trip to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll hall of Fame. Sounds cool and maybe there will be a concert or two while you are there. You know you want to go to Cleveland, so your destination is already known. You haven’t decided yet if you are going to fly or drive, but there are only a couple of choices about how to get there.

MissouriBut what is really important is where you are now. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Like, for instance, if you are right now in St Louis, you are going to have a different sort of experience in getting to Cleveland,

Germanythan if you were, for instance, right now in Berlin.

Nothing wrong with either of those places, but what you need to do to get to Cleveland is going to be different depending on where you are starting from. From St Louis, you could drive, fly, take the bus or the train. But you are not going to be driving to Cleveland from Berlin.

And no amount of thinking or wishing or hoping or pretending that it’s not true, is going to enable you to drive to the US from Germany.

So accepting where you are right now is a really important step in making your journey to somewhere else.

Second Part of the Journey To Cleveland

Traveling to Cleveland

Traveling to Cleveland

This part is about how you get to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The journeying part is important because you will probably spend the most time on this part. Sounds kind of funny to say it like that, but the truth is when you start; you are on your journey. And when you get there, you are not on your journey anymore. So the time you spend taking your trip is the largest segment.

Depending on where you are starting from, you have different choices of how you are going to arrive at your destination. And depending on what you do to get there, the amount of time you are taking on your journey can be significantly different.

Maybe you are living in Buffalo, which is not too far away and you have decide that you are going to walk. A considerable amount of walking, but not unmanageable.

Or maybe you are in Kansas City, so walking might be a bit more of a challenge, but still might be manageable if that is what you really wanted to do. But if you are starting from Tierra del Fuego, you might want to reconsider that amount of walking.

With that amount of walking, you may never get to your destination. In truth, you might decide after a while that walking is just too much effort and simply decide that where you are at is your destination, and just stop. Those things happen.

It could even be that stopping there in that spot might even be better for you. But it is definitely not the place you had in mind when you started out.

If what you really wanted was to get to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it would be OK for you to choose the method of traveling that brought you there in the shortest amount of time possible. It is also OK if you choose a scenic route, it’s just that choosing any other method of traveling other than the fastest, is going to take you longer.

No harm in that, leisurely travel can be a wonderful experience. Lots of fun and with all kinds of people to meet along the way.

But there are definitely some ways of travel which are more expedient than others. And some ways of traveling may even actually prevent you from reaching your goal at all.

The third part of a journey to Cleveland

Rock And Roll hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

You can’t really go on a trip without a destination in mind. I am skipping over the idea of traveling just to travel. That has definite merits to it; it’s just a different kind of adventure than the one where we are setting out to go somewhere in particular.

About the only way to decide if you want to go somewhere else than the place you are now is to decide that you want to go. That sounds funny, but many people spend their entire lives thinking about going somewhere, but they never pick out a spot to travel to.

Something always seems to crop up bringing you a different idea of where you might want to go instead of the place that you had thought originally. No problem there either, that new idea might in fact be a better place for you. But if you don’t go anywhere, you are never going to know.

You can think about where you want to go all you want, but until you actually get going on your journey, you are not going to get there. You are going to stay where you are right now.

And if where you are right now is where you want to be, you are all set. But this idea started out as the idea of going on a trip.

3 parts that make up the idea of a journey. Each equally important to the actual process of a trip, none of which can be left out. If you want to be somewhere other than where you are right now, a journey is the best way (maybe the only way) to get there.

And you will know in you heart when it is time for your journey. If you know already, its time to get going, if you are on your journey right now, I hope you are enjoying your adventure. And if you are already there, welcome, friend. Have nice stay.

4 Comments on “How Many Roads”

  1. Robin

    Been trying to discuss this exact concept with someone near & dear to my heart. THANK YOU for putting it in words I hope will better explain all about “his” journey, enable him to make sense out of it all and find his path!

    1. Michael

      Rock On Back At Ya, Susan. My journey so far has been quite an amazing experience. I would not trade any part of it for anything.

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