It’s tempting to think that as time moves forward, so do you. You grow further as a human being, more of your goals are fulfilled, your career gets better, your relationships get better, your life becomes “more and more.”
But the reality is that sometimes you have to backtrack (this is always a little frustrating). Or something off to the side catches your eye and you go to explore it. At others times you walk around in circles longer than you care to admit (and probably don’t even know it at the time!). And still, at other times you feel stuck so you sit down right where you are and don’t move for a bit.
Even though you could say that life always moves forward, forward doesn’t always mean straight ahead.
Forward can mean backtracking.
Forward can mean getting sidetracked.
Forward can mean circling around.
Forward can mean sitting still for a little while.
As frustrating as it feels to not be moving in the straight line you think you should be, these “diversions” are usually necessary.
Some of my best moments have not happened on the “straight line”, but happened when I had to turn around, or make my way through the brush, or stopped to sit and think because I felt stuck.
This is surely something I haven’t seen the last of, and although I can’t say that I look forward to these times, I think I become a little more accepting of them as I walk a little further. 🙂
How do you deal with the twists and turns of life when you wish you were going straight ahead? Please share your thoughts in the comments!