“They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.” ~ Antonio Porchia, Voices …
It is natural for us to seek others to journey through life with; after all, life can be quite lonely when we travel alone. And although travelling life in the company of others can have many benefits for all involved, it can also be deceptive at times. Other individuals can be rather misleading when they encourage us to follow them down the wrong paths in life simply because they wish to have some company along the way.
But our path to follow is ours and ours alone. And despite all the noise from the crowds, if we ever wish to find our own way and live our own life in the most authentic way that we can, we must seek it out and choose to follow it. The journey towards true fulfillment in life lies in realizing and accepting that someone else’s path will never bring us to where we want to be–and even more importantly, need to be. That is because we each have our own calling–differing purposes, needs, strengths, and weaknesses. And when we travel with them down their road instead of our own, we find that our own talents, abilities, and strengths are not necessarily appropriate in those places.
Do not criticize others who are not on the same path as you; their road is wrong for you, but it may be right for them. And in the same sense, do not let others pull you from your own unique journey in life. When we are truly on our own path, it is often difficult for others to understand where we are and our need to be there–the crowd tends to despise those whom they do not understand. Still, it is up to us to grow and develop in our pursuit of purpose and fulfillment in life, and not allow others to turn us from the path we need to be on if we wish to become the person that we are meant to be–which most likely will involve resisting the temptation to join others on their journey.
Recognize the path you are on in life and ensure it is truly your own.
Questions to consider:
Are you truly on your own road? How do you know?
Why might others be interested in telling us that we are on the wrong road?
What is the best way to handle being told you are on the wrong road in life?
For further thought:
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ~ H. Jackson Browne, Jr.