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The Pathway

As the sunlight started to peak through the curtains, I was already awake and ready to start a new adventure. I knew if I were not awake and out of bed by sunrise, I would never find the courage to begin the journey. There are no more excuses, I have my bag packed and my head screwed on straight. 

As I step out of my front door, I take one more look at my house and see my past. Everything will be okay; it is time to start anew and create more memories on the new adventure. I turn my back on my house, breathe deeply, and take my first step towards the unknown future. It is so exciting and scary at the same time but if I do not take this step now, I do not think I ever will. 

I follow the road until it comes to a fork, both pathways still have fallen leaves from the trees between them. But if you look at the paths, one seems more prominent than the other. The one has been treaded by few people and vehicles and leads to the unknown, the other leads to the town and has been traveled by many people. I am faced with following the path of others or taking my own path and possibly discovering things that others may never see. 

Even though my brain says I should go to town, my heart and gut say I must take the path to the unknown. For once, I am going to listen to my heart, and even if things go terribly wrong, I know I can say that I at least tried. I am not afraid, it is a big step to take but at least I am taking this step, it can only enrich my life. 

I take a step forward and begin the adventure. The pathway slowly fades a bit and there are loads of twists and turns. But instead of fearing where I will land up, I feel completely at peace. For once there is no plan, no timeline, no place to be, and nothing to worry about. It is just the road, my backpack and myself, I am just going to go with the flow and see where I end up. No expectations therefore no disappointments, a new chapter is beginning, and I could not be more excited. What awaits me? 

A few hours into the walk, the path leads to some mountains. It flows with the mountains instead of through them or over them. The beauty is indescribable, the freedom is unimaginable, and the experience is irreplaceable. I have never been more thankful for going with my gut and my heart, over logic.

It seemed extremely scary at first, but it paid off. Sometimes changes are frightening but they are inescapable in life. I would never have felt ready to take this adventure, it would always be one excuse after the other. There is never a right time, but I am so glad I took this pathway on my adventure, I will never regret the decision, but I know I would regret never taking it. Our life on Earth is limited and is way too short to live with regrets in our minds and hatred in our hearts, hatred towards ourselves and towards others. As J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”  He also said, “Little by little, one travels far.” 

I have realized that the pathways in life are not always straight, there are many twists and turns, sometimes what lays ahead cannot be seen up until we get there, but the important thing to remember is to keep moving forward. The results can be better than your wildest dreams. There will always be times you want to give up, but if you keep going, the rewards may be beautiful.

Changes in life are scary but are inevitable, it is way better to accept the changes and to work with them rather than fight against them because most times they are a blessing in disguise. And whichever pathway you may choose- you will find out things about yourself that you never knew before, maybe you will even find “yourself” along the path. 

Blogpost by Simmonne Malan