I know you’ve felt it. I’ve read it, heard it, seen it with other artists- with people in all professions for that matter: You feel lost, like you’re not getting where you had hoped you would by now. Maybe it’s because you stand in your own way or maybe it’s due to circumstances out of your control. Either way, you’re frustrated, discouraged and uncertain.
Or perhaps this is just me. I’ve felt it. I do feel it, often. But I’m betting it’s natural for most of us to feel this way at one time or another.
We set paths for ourselves and so eagerly start out with a jump in our step. Sometimes we meet the end goal with ease and other times the path seems to meander, feeling like we’re being taken off track, or it appears blocked altogether. Some of us lose sight of that which we so eagerly sought, and resign ourselves to believing it’s unattainable. Others believe it still exists, off there, in the distance and one day we’ll arrive.
I do believe we’ll arrive. But what I was reminded of this very weekend is that you have to keep going, and while you do, it’s good to slow down so you can see all of the liveliness along your path. Your path will intersect with others. Why not enjoy what each the other brings, no matter how long it takes to hike that trail?
Nothing we strive for will come instantly. It may take months, years, decades. But in pressing forward and sharing our gifts with others along the way, so much learning takes place that adds to our own strengths and brings life to a sometimes lonely path. When you arrive, you’ll look back knowing that every step added value to the person you have become, and every step ahead on the next journey will too.