I’m sure you guys have heard the quote, “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” I have always agreed with that, and in certain situations I still do, but let me offer a plot twist:
Maybe it’s all about the destination, not the journey.
A couple of nights ago, I went for a hike to see the sunset. I had looked up the time of the sunset before we set out, but when we got there I quickly realized that maybe we wouldn’t make it to the top in time. At first I was a little disappointed, but thought to myself, “I can’t control the sun. If we make it, great, if we don’t, we have lots of sunsets to catch.” So we trudged on.
As we hiked, literally clouds of black flies and mosquitos were pestering us. With each hill I began, I looked up and wondered if we should just turn around and leave the mosquitos and the lost opportunity to see the sunset in the dust. But then I thought, “okay, this journey kind of sucks and the black flies are on every inch of my body, but the sun hasn’t gone down yet. We have a chance to make it. The view will be beautiful, and it will be worth the climb.” I also thought back to this shirt I saw that said, “Climb the Goddamn mountain.” So I did. I climbed on, damn it.
Luckily, we made it to the top, the blackflies and mosquitos gave it a rest, and a breath of fresh air came as a relief and comfort to my entire being. It was quiet and peaceful up there with a hell of a view.
The point is, if I had just focused on the journey, I would have turned around. It was having that vision of myself enjoying the destination that motivated me through. I think that the conditions of a journey often make us weary of pushing ourselves to reach our full potentials, to achieve our goals, and to reach a better place in our lives. You could be going through hell right now, you could be existing in mediocrity, or you could just be unsure of what you want in life. Are you going to settle for that? Are you going to let that be your continuous journey? Or will you persist? Will you find the strength in your mindset and soul to push forward for a destination that you want to reach?
Will you focus on the journey or the destination?