otp: it's about the journey

The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s disappointments. Learn to let go of the past and recognize that everyday won’t be sunny. And when you find yourself lost in the darkness of despair, remember its only in the black of night that you see the stars. And those stars see you back home. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes to stumble and fall because most of the time the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you’ll get more than you ever could have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long, and in the end, the journey is the destination.
—  Unknown
The Beach

Sometimes we create these images of ourselves that we try so hard to live up to. We want to be musicians, artists, scientists, activists, kung-fu fighters, Olympic medalists, politicians, writers… All we all want to do is change the world. We want to make a difference. We want to be remembered. We want to have our name on a grain of sand on the vast beach where all great people stay collected together from fame, invention, innovation, creativity, and impact on the human race.

After all this planning for the future, after all these goals we set for ourselves to be remembered when we are long dead… but what are we doing with the now? What will we do this year, this month, this week, tomorrow, or today?

We pick out our wedding dresses when we are young little girls. We plan the color scheme, the flowers, the venue, and the music. Along this way we forget about the guy. Yes, we plan for them to be handsome, successful, sweet, and perfect. We forget that first we have to meet him. Introduce ourselves for the very first time and months later find out he was the wrong guy all along. Then, we have to do this all over again for as many times as it takes until we find Mr. Right.

Knowing the destination is important, don’t get me wrong, but there’s no GPS to lead us there. We have to find our way to that destination through the ups and downs until we reach fulfillment.

We need to trudge through the mountains and valleys until we are able to set our feet on the beach.