Well known American novelist, Ursula K Le Guin makes this statement, “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Some people suffer from “destination disease.” They think that arriving at a certain place in life will bring them happiness. What a shame. Because the reality is, that many times when we arrive, we discover that it wasn’t what we expected. If you become fixated on a destination, you can miss the great things that happen along the way. You miss the joy of today.
If you’re convinced that “someday” is going to be your best day, you won’t put enough into today or get enough out of it. If you’re not doing something significant with your life, it doesn’t matter how long it is. It’s not enough just to survive, you need a reason to live. When you choose a reason to live that will impact others beyond the length of your journey, then life will take on a new significance that is well worth investing in everyday.
The journey is greater than any destination we can arrive at on this planet. How we live, learn, grow and develop on our journey will determine how much we enjoy it. The antidote to “destination disease” is to live your life to the fullest everyday and grow a network of people who are doing the same. I hope you’ve found your reason for living, and furthermore, are enjoying the journey with a group of friends on a similar track. If not, it’s never to late to find it. Keep enjoying the seizeable moments along the way. Some of them can be life changing.