Life’s 7 Important Questions Part 2

Where am I going? is a good question to ask every once in a while, whether to be certain we are still headed in the direction we intended or to consider changing that direction. Where we wanted to be 10 years ago may not really where we want to be heading now.

watercolor landscape with mountains and travelers

Journey Into Dusk by Patricia C Vener

As children we are often asked “What do you want to be (or do) when you grow up?” Our answers are often as varied as our moods though some of us set our sights on one thing and keep our focus there throughout our entire childhood. Sometimes, we even attain this goal. Sometimes, we are disappointed (whether or not we got there).

Whether or not we reach this goal there will come a time to stop and ask, “am I doing what I really want to be doing right now?” We look ahead with experience we didn’t have before and weigh the pros and cons of whatever decisions we made before that led us to where we are now. We ask, “is this right for me?”

Or at least we should. If we don’t stop, if we simply keep on going without any pause to consider our decisions and actions then we risk moving onward without thought, without control over our own lives. And if we are not in control of our own lives the we risk giving control to someone else.

If I am to travel a path in life, I should very much prefer to have some say in how I travel it and where I blaze my trail. Not everything is in my control, but those things that are, I want to be able to stop and consider them and make sure I’m heading in the direction that’s best for me (or best suits me) now. How about you? When was the last time you looked at your path and were satisfied it fit your needs and desires best?

6 Responses to “Life’s 7 Important Questions Part 2”

  1. Norma Jean Says:

    Very insightful blog!!!!

  2. Patricia C Says:

    Thank you! I’m so glad it resonated with you.

  3. Nancy Pace Says:

    Interesting thoughts Patricia, I agree 100%. Good idea to check the compass of your heart to be sure you haven’t lost your way.
    I enjoy reading your blog.

  4. Marsha Says:

    My husband and I recently decided we will retire in the next 5 years. Now there’s a destination. But your writing raises interesting related questions. Great post!

  5. Ruthie Says:

    Ay yi yi – I’d love to take a step back and evaluate where my life is going – but lately life isn’t giving me that option – and every time I think I have it figured out? I get a curve ball. So really, the whole thing just has a bad habit of NOT working for me!

  6. Patricia C Says:

    Marsha, sounds like you guys have a lot to consider with such a big change. Good luck!

    Ruthie, you make a good point. Sometimes it is not possible to take even a few minutes for retrospection, but maybe you should consider that you actually don’t “have it figured out.” Is that even possible? As you say, life does send us curve balls, but it’s not impossible to get your feet back under you even if the ball knocks you to the ground. I know. I get targeted by those curve balls all the time. Hang in there and get help when you can.