I’ve always been more of the “destination” type of person versus the “journey” sort. I just want to get there, as fast as I can. I’m learning to change that slowly, partly thanks to my husband.
If there is a long way to get somewhere, he will find it. That man loves taking the back roads. Most times when we would get a chance to go visit our granddaughters, who lived about three and a half hours away, it would be a journey. A few times when my daughter in law would text me to find out our ETA, I would send back just two words “John’s driving”. She knew to tack an extra half hour on to our arrival time.
That used to drive me crazy, but I’ve learned that there are some amazing discoveries along the journey. We have been on great adventures by motorcycle or car that I would have missed if I were the one behind the wheel.
This spills over in my everyday life as well. I set a destination and then head there, straight away, as fast as I can. Looking back at my old journals there’s a long line of quick starts, and fast burnouts.
This last week has been much better for me than the previous one. Two weeks ago, I was so hell bent on growing my following for this blog as quick as I could so I spent many hours online diligently working away. By the end of that week I had hit the wall.
I was cranky and felt sluggish and tired and wasn’t having any fun. I had spent way more time sitting than doing just about anything else. Last week I made a change and found some balance. What a difference that made. I started to recognize that I was on a journey, and the end game wasn’t the goal. (Did I just say that?)
Looking back at my Instagram posts and I can see what a difference balance has made. I look so much happier in my photos this last week.
So today I have a question or two for you.
Are you the destination or the journey kind of person? And before you answer consider these questions:
What if you could have exactly what you wanted if you just put your nose to the grindstone for a year? Focused just on that one thing, and got it done?
You could only spend a few hours a day on it, and your goal would be reached in 10 years instead?
Which would you chose?
It’s not always easy for me to find the balance between the two. And I tend to think like my questions above. But I’m curious what you think.