It seems about this time each year, I start reflecting on where I am, where I am going and what is the path I want to take. There are always multiple paths. Some have barriers. Some are winding. Some are littered. It seems I tend to take the littered roads. The roads that have baggage. The roads that have been trampled upon and perhaps, even gutted. Why do anything the simple way? Why indeed.
The intersections of life, where we need to stop and figure out which way to do, can cause some to freeze in time. I cannot stand still.
I attended a conference last week, where a presenter noted a few things about Generation X . One of the items was that us Generation X people are not afraid to change careers. We won’t just leave a job. We leave whole fields behind multiple times. How cool is that? It may make us seem wishy-washy but to me it signals that our lives are filled with whimsy. Or can be. We need to keep moving to see where we end up.
As we move so much, it could possibly be lonely. But perhaps its better to be lonely than paired off with tedious, mean people. Just a for instance.
One of my friends recently posted on her Facebook page, the following Sondheim bit from “No is Alone”:
“Sometimes people leave you
halfway through the woods
Others may deceive you
You decide what’s good.
You decide alone
But no one is alone”
I think I understand those lyrics as I face again a new intersection. I honestly do not know what is coming next and I am ok. I know I will have a new adventure or a series of new adventures and I will not be scared. All I know is that I will be true to myself and along the way find multiple versions of myself. Or rather, I will find multiple possible mes. I look forward to learning more and more about myself. I’m moving on.