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JonPatrickHyde
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Navigator & Pilot or Passenger of Fate?
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.
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I've been wondering a lot about these things, too. I'm recently out of college and working full time for the first time in my life, but I kind of feel just like I'm plodding along: is this what I want to do? Is this enough? Am I cahnging anything? Am I making good choices? None of these things are things I've had answers to. You really put this wonderfully, and brought the ideas into my mind again, so thank you....
You caught me: "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?" I think my hands have been in my pockets for far too long.
You have got me thinking, and in a good way! I'm happy to report that I think I've been the navigator of my life for a few years now. While I might not be the bravest when it comes to stepping off the areas that have been established, I haven't shied away from small side trails, either. I think that's the key: don't run totally off course, but don't be afraid if your path is unexpected.
This spoke to me, not just as I read, but as i felt all these emotions and curiosity that is emphasized in each line; in each word. I know the feeling all to well, questions, about us (humans) and what we are looming for at the end of the road and it's the most common question asked, we miss so much because we are stuck in the past we ask ourselves "how did i get here?" Other than the fact that it is beautiful in its own way, you have something that most need to have, aspirations, dreams. Keep on writing, i'm looking forward to reading what you write.