Finding your destination – don’t forget what got you there

“Accidents and inspiration lead you to your destination.” – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Are you still trying to find your destination in life?

Are you traveling around wondering when the pieces of your existence will one day all fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle you’ve been working on for years?

Finding your destination is not a perfect algorithm. It often requires years of challenges, discoveries and even hardships before you find yourself home.

Life is not a series of perfect events which lead to an enchanted destination. Life is hard and unpredictable, and oftentimes we’re blinded to its realities.

We’re so busy trying to find our destination that we lose track of what’s going on all around us. We lose faith in a higher power who ultimately provides what we need all in good time. We search for someone to blame for our current circumstances instead of simply accepting that the ride isn’t quite over yet.

We need to slow down. Finding your destination should not be as important as the journey towards it.

Country music star Mary Chapin Carpenter, writes in her hit The Long Way Home:

Or you could be the one who takes the long way home,
Roll down your window, turn off your phone
See your life as a gift from the great unknown
And your task is to receive it
Tell your kid a story, hold your lover tight
Make a joyful noise, swim naked at night
Read a poem a day, call in well sometimes
And laugh when they believe it

Funny how it all goes by so fast
One day I’m looking over my shoulder at the past
Now everybody’s got to go, got to be, got to get somewhere
Baby don’t forget about
You really shouldn’t forget about
Baby don’t forget about, what got you there

I get it – finding your destination in life is vital for a feeling of success and fulfillment. But never ever forget about what got you there. For the journey is truly what matters.