Up ahead the road turns. Where does it turn to? That, I do not know. All I know is that I have to continue down this road. This is the road I have chosen to take. This is the less-traveled road. The road that most choose not to take. The exact reason I chose this specific road. I don’t want to travel down the road taken by most. I don’t want a road that is well lit, well marked, well worn. I want a road that is dark. A road unmarked, hardly traveled, full of potholes and speed bumps. I want a road that is unknown. Unfamiliar. Off the main drag. Wherever this road turns up ahead, it doesn’t matter to me. It is not about the end destination. For me, this road I am traveling down is about the process of learning along the way. When I don’t know exactly where I am going, when I don’t know exactly how I am going to get where I think I want to go, this challenges me. This tests me. This stretches me. This forces me to learn. This forces me to adjust. This forces me to rethink. This forces me to examine, ponder, question. This forces me to grow, mature, and let go of myself. I am thankful for this road. This road that I have chosen. No, this road isn’t for everyone. No, this road isn’t the easy way. And no, this road isn’t always enjoyable, but this road gives me peace, satisfaction, and at the end of each day, when it’s time to rest, traveling down this road is exactly the road I know I am suppose to be on. The road less-traveled. The difficult road. The uncomfortable road. The road unlike any other.
My fears want to hold me back. My anxiety wants to hold me back. My mind wants to hold me back. I want to give in. I want to let up. I want to be normal. But I can’t. And I won’t. I have to keep going. I have to press on. I have to live each day fully. I have to be a good steward of what has been given to me. I have to be an example, one to follow. A leader. A role model. I have to test myself. Challenge myself. Allow myself to experience uncomfortable. I have to overcome. Overcome the fears, the anxiety, the wandering mind. I have to overcome the pull to be satisfied, content, and complacent. I have to encourage and teach others. I have to practice what I preach.
It’s not about me. Not even a little bit. I wasn’t put on this earth to serve myself. I wasn’t put on this earth to create a better life for me. Yes, I firmly believe it is crucial we take care of ourselves, our mind, our body, and our spirit. This will only allow us to serve others in a greater capacity. But at the end of the day, your life isn’t about you. This life isn’t about you. This world doesn’t revolve around you, sorry. Honestly, there are very few people who actually care one iota about you. There are very few people in this world who know your name, who know your interests, who know ANYTHING about you. In the grand scheme of things, you are nothing. So why do you think you are something? Why are you so caught up in yourself? Why are you so arrogant? Selfish? Self-centered? Your life is but a vapor, here today, gone tomorrow. That is truth. This is reality. This life is NOT about you. This life is about others. Your life should be about others. We were made for community. We were created for others. To serve others. To help others. To protect others. To love others. As human beings, we need each other. We need interaction, communication, fellowship with one another. Get over yourself. Get rid of yourself. Let go of your arrogance. Let go of your pride. Let go of your ignorance. Humble yourself. Open up yours eyes, open up your ears, open up your heart, that you may learn, grow, mature, share, teach, and serve others. Step into your purpose. Step into your destiny. Become the individual you were created to become.
Keep going. Keep moving forward. Continue to take one step in the right direction each day. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. You never know what today may bring. You never know what may be around the next turn, around the next corner, through that next door. Life ebbs and flows. Yes, we will experience difficulties, struggles, unexpected heartaches, but we will also experience victories, celebrations, and will have so many opportunities to positively impact others. We have to face today. Accept what today holds. Embrace today. We must learn to go with the flow. To allow what will be, to be. No matter what the day may bring forth, we have to keep pressing on. Continue to grind. Continue to learn, apply, and grow. We have to continue to share. Continue to explore. Continue to love. Live boldly. Live authentically. Be you. Don’t quit!
This life is not about you. This life is not about me. This life is about others. Life is about helping others. Life is about building others up. Life is about listening to others. Life is about loving others. Life is about giving to others, what you have been given. Each of us have been given specific gifts, talents, and abilities. Each of us are beautifully different. We all have a uniqueness that adds to the color of life. We all have something to add to this world. We all have value to add to this life. We have been given to give! In order for us to give what we have been given, we need to know who we are, we need to know what we have been given, to give. Take the time to self-examine, self-reflect. SLOW DOWN. Take a step back. Who are you? What is your identity? What is your life foundation? What fire burns within you? What excites you? Where are you going? In order to help others, you first have to help yourself. In order to understand others, you have to understand yourself. In order to give to others, you have to know and accept what has been given to you.
I get to write my story. You get to write your story. What an amazing opportunity! What an amazing gift! Each day that we get the opportunity to live and breathe on this earth, is an opportunity for us to become who we want to become. We get to choose the narrative of our story. We get to live the story we want to live. We get to choose who we are, and who we will become. We have been given the gift of choice. The gift of free-will. We have been given the great responsibility to be the author of our own book, our own story. No one can force you to write. No one can write your story for you. There is not another author for YOUR story. Your story, is YOUR story. You are the author. You decide how your story will unfold. You decide the content contained within your story.
Don’t put off what can be done today. We always think we have next time, the next day, the next week, so on, and so forth. We like to put things off. We like to avoid the reality of what is right in front of us. What needs to be taken care of, or accomplished, NOW. We procrastinate. It’s easier. It can become addicting. It is an addiction. Procrastination is an addiction. It becomes who we are, what we do. Procrastination is a trap. It is the easy way out. Or so we think. Procrastination in actuality, isn’t an out. Eventually, what we procrastinate on, will have to be done, will have to be accomplished, will have to be taken care of. When we procrastinate, we push things down the line, to a later date. And again, eventually, that later date comes. We create a mountain of things we could have done, but didn’t. We find, we don’t have enough time to climb the mountain. We get stressed, frustrated, angry, irritable, and we look for others to blame. The procrastination has become a giant mess. A mess, too big to clean up all at once. We fail. We lose. We fail to do what we said we would do. We fail to be the example. We fail others, our co-workers, spouses, friends, and ourselves. Others lose trust in us, we lose credibility, we lose relationships and even jobs. Procrastination will destroy your life. It will erode your foundation, causing everything to fall apart. We have to break-free from procrastination. We have to break- free from the easy way, break- free from laziness. We need to realize the destructiveness that procrastinating can and will bring into our lives. Then, we need to have the discipline, fortitude, strength, and the heart, to do what we know needs to get done, TODAY! We need to accept the power of delayed-gratification into our life. We need to fight our natural desires and instincts. The natural desire and instinct to take the easy route, to be lazy, to procrastinate. We have to be focused, stay focused, on today. Focused on doing what needs to get done, today. Focused on being who we need to be, today.