“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
"Discover your passion."
"Live your dream."
"Be authentically you."
"Follow your heart."
Have you ever heard one of these phrases?
Have you ever heard these, and then thought "why is this so difficult for me?", "why can't I feel the passion", "what's wrong with me, I don't know what my heart is telling me", or something like that?
…maybe you have reached that spot where you've found bliss in your everyday.
Maybe, though, you have not.
Have you discovered your passion(s)? Do you follow your heart (and what does that really mean, anyway)?
On this journey of your life, the one each of you is uniquely living – this is a very personal journey that each of you take.
What is that next step on this journey? Travel with me, for a moment. Travel with me to a place that is close to home, to a place that has always been there, to a place where the pathways are many.
…the journey within….
“The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Does that journey scare you away? Make you hesitate? Think it's something you will do on another day? Sound a little bit too fluffy?
I assure you, this is such a deeply good place to travel toward.
And perhaps that's a point worth reflecting upon.
This world is filled with so many amazing sights…so many places that evoke every sort of emotion possible. From the beautiful natural formations that cover this planet we live on, to the myriad of man-made objects that speak to the creativity and genius of their creators – we are blessed with a multitude of places to explore in this world. And explore those, many of us do.
How amazing is this? Just think, for a minute, of some of the truly awe-inspiring places that your ventures have led you toward.
“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine
You journey toward these amazing physical places in this world. Are you also taking that journey into your own internal world?
“One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Perhaps. Perhaps this journey…the journey into self…is the one you are putting off, the one that is the most difficult to start.
What is the next step?
Back to that question. How do you really know what your next step is in this life you are living…today? How do you take this journey within? How do you even know if the steps you are taking are steps in a right direction?
Lots of questions.
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau
It's okay that you have questions. It's okay that this journey has some ambiguity to it. It's okay if this journey within makes you feel a little lost. (or maybe even a lot lost)
See, it's not that you get lost, or not. It's not that you are confused on this journey, or not.
It's that you are on this journey. A journey into you. A journey into a deeper understanding of who you are. Maybe there will be answers which come quickly. Maybe there will be a lot of dead end paths (although they are not really dead ends at all, as this is all so good for you knowing 'you'). Maybe you will feel frustrated and lost. Maybe you'll happen upon some beautiful insight into you.
Whatever comes on this journey inward – it's the being on this journey that is so good for your soul.
I can't answer for you where this journey will lead you. I can't answer for you, what you will feel as you take these steps into you. I can't answer for you, just how good this will be.
See, it all depends on you. How deep are you willing to go? How well do you want to know you? How brave are you to venture off the inner paths you have been following, and see what lies in the dark corners? How willing are you to step into the light?
Be okay with who you are. BE with that. BE with you. Embrace what is already there, perhaps tucked away in the recesses of your heart.
What is that next step?
Only you know.
How willing are you to take a step into you, into the amazing possibility of you? Even if…even if that seems like an unknown path?
May you find peace in your journey…
A special thank you to Patricia, from Patricia's Wisdom – for posing this question in the comments recently, which sparked the creation of this article.