Where does the road you are on lead?
Is the path less traveled the path you embrace - or are you standing there on the edge of the road - hands in your pockets - waiting for a reason to step into the unknown that each of us must face as we walk into our futures?
When the pavement runs out and your path strays - do you fear what that path may hold or do you embrace it?
Looking back is pointless other than to see the path you've taken to bring you to wherever you are in this moment; I know people who spend so much time dwelling on the past that they miss important moments in the present.
My issue has never been "how did I get here?" That has always very clear to me; I am always looking forward. I'm always here - in the now.
The question I pose is what are we (any of us) willing to do to change the road in front of us - as opposed to just accepting it as it comes?
Perhaps I should say it like this; are you going to be the navigator and pilot of your future or are you merely a passenger of fate?
How does one person change their path and blaze a new trail for others to follow - something that benefits everyone who will come after them?
How does one do this without losing their way? Or worse; leading others astray?
We (humans) have so much potential - the ability to love unconditionally, to sacrifice our lives to protect others, the ability to dream, create, and inspire.
Yet we are simultaneously capable of unspeakable violence, wonton destruction, and pitiful arrogance.
How can one choose just the good and embrace the future - working to enhance the positive while rejecting the negative?
As I get closer to my birthday and an age I consider to be a realistic half-way point for my natural life (meaning if I don't die from an accident, etc... before I hit 90 years old)... I have pondered these questions more and more of late.
Portrait of me shot in the Mojave Desert - August 2014 - by Brian Aliffi.