Written by Jimmie Burroughs
The Road of Life can be a Beautiful and Exciting Experience… although sometimes it can be a little disconcerting with all the twists and turns, but the excitement of not knowing what’s next can add a bit of adventure. At any rate life is an exciting adventure at every turn in the road. The attitude we have about life though determines how exciting it is. We can look at life with a jaded eye of disdain or we can see it as an opportunity to experience it fully, enjoying every little twist and turn of the road even up to the very end. Death itself can become the ultimate adventure when life is over.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
Our journey on this earth is very short; far too short to be wasted on the trivial. Many think that it is all about making a lot of money and finally retiring to enjoy it. It seems that it is always the future that will ultimately usher in the real purpose. I have some news for you, if that is what you believe; if you aren’t enjoying the trip now, you probably never will.
Each phase of life is an adventure with its challenges and purpose, and all of it is to be lived in the presence and enjoyed. If you think that you have to wait until retirement, you won’t have much time then remaining as a rule to enjoy anything. Most die within 5 years after retirement. Don’t put your life off!
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –
It is ironic that most of us enjoy watching a movie and seeing how others meet the challenges and problems of life but don’t take the same interest in our own life and the challenges we face. Life, like a movie, would be a lot less interesting if there were no challenges at all and no problems to solve
Life for me has been an experience of going, doing, seeing and experiencing a whole gambit of different places and things. I’ve seen the country from coast to coast and from shiny sea to shiny sea and most of the national locations of beauty. I have met the people, talked with them and gotten to know them.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Sure there have been some hard times, some sad times, some lonely times, but then that is all part of the road of life experiences; sometimes it is beautiful and yet lonely and sometime somewhat dangerous when we feel like we are living right on the edge.
I remember the day I met the love of my life and later became her soul mate for life. I remember the birth of my first child and how I couldn’t wait to come home at lunch just to peer into her crib for a while. Then I remember the excitement of my son when he came into my life and all the baseball, football and wrestling matches and camping out.
Oh yeah there was also the death of by dearest friend ever, my wife, after 44 years of being together. It was the sadist time of my life but it taught me a new experience and prepared me for a brand new phase of my life which has also been exciting.
“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows places all the time.” that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new– Paul Fussell
Many of my family and friends have come into my life and then have gone by the way of death but new friends come along, new challenges and new purpose and life goes on slowly taking every bend of the winding road, never knowing what to expect around next the bend.
I was in an office many years ago and there was a plaque on the wall inscribed with large letters which read: “There are no guarantees in life but every day of life is a precious gift so enjoy it while you can”. How true! In between the hard times, the sad times and the difficult times there will be plenty of room to enjoy life and experience all the excitement and joy that it is meant to be.
The Road of Life can be a Beautiful and Exciting Experience…but it is all up to you and what you decide to make it.
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