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Life, Journey, and the Challenge
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I have been thinking a lot lately. About everything that I have been experiencing, things going on in my life, where I want to go. So I wanted to write some things down, and while I started doing that, I found I had something to say.
So here I am writing this article, spilling my soul as it where -- to send out a message to others who may be doing the same thing as I am right now. So that’s why I have named this article ‘Life, Journey, and the Challenge’ because that’s what I just came up with in my head while writing this.
I’m a Witch. I have not chosen a spiritual path as of yet, but Pagan will do just fine. I have been opening up to the world since I started out on my journey. I have felt, seen, and done many new things that I have never done, or have not done for a long time. Something magical that brings imagination and life into the equation.
I have been finding something that I have not seen since I was very young. So now here I am, a witch coming into his powers as it where, and finding that I am doing what I should be doing.
Of course many questions have come to mind. Where will all this lead? what will my future be like, how will I turn out. There are things I want to be able to do, and I try hard to make that happen. There are things I want to do; places I want to go. There are people I want to meet, things I want to learn.
But right now I am stuck going to college, working, doing what most Americans do. But I keep finding that I am not satisfied with this. So I dream, and I dream.
I kind of know what I want out of life; I kind of have an idea where I want to end up. So now I am trying to see who I really am. I have been picking my mind for memories, ideas, and experiences. I even have been watching old family movies to see what I was like, who I was then.
I have been meditating, and organizing my mind. This in turn has also helped me open up even more to things because the person I am is a person who is open, and full of energy. I am a happy go lucky guy who just wants to live. So I have an idea who I am now…
Okay…Even after all this, I still have no idea.
Yes that is right, I am as lost as ever. There is a saying that I always have liked to say. It is a little something that I came up with, but at the time I really did not see it as I do now.
“It’s not the Reward, It is the challenge.”
I came up with that a while ago, but only now see it for what it is. It does not matter who I will become, where I will end up, or what will happen to me. What matters is I try my hardest; I keep pushing myself, and keep learning. When life throws me a challenge, I take it. When life sends me a choice, take the hardest path.
As long as I push myself, and see what I can really do, then it won’t matter what is in store for the future. Because if I have kept true to myself, then I will be just fine, and even if something happens to me, at least I would have given it all I could. I would have lived my life to the fullest, and there for in turn fulfilled my dreams.
Yes it is true I am still young, 21 to be specific. I also know I as a young person may not know as much as older people may know. But I hope that I can show a side of me in this article that I normally don’t show. The adult side of myself, the smart and creative person I am.
This is really the first article I have ever written, I have never written something like this, that others would read. In fact my grammar and spelling are not even good. (Thank you spell check for the help.) But I hope that what I have to say is understandable, and I hope that my words in some way are helpful.
I know some people may not know me; some are close friends, and some just know me by this article. But I really hope, that you will not just read this article as another article, but as one made by someone who is following a similar path as you are.
This is my message to all of you who may read this: let life happen; make choices. Don’t worry about what may happen, or what will happen. Just live life, take it head on, and in the end, you will be happy.
Don’t always take the easy path in life, take the hardest path, and become a stronger sole, a stronger person. Let’s say you have two paths in front of you. One path is 25 miles long and looks beautiful. The other path is 10 miles long but looks very dangerous and scary. You may think that I will pick the longer path because it takes more work, but I choose the short path. The short path is the one filled with danger, and adventure.
That’s one thing you must never forget. The longer path will not always be the best. Sometimes the short path will be the more challenging path, and the most adventure filled one.
And as long as you choose your path, and follow it the best you can, then the reward won’t matter, because you would have already experienced the reward, in doing the challenge.
“It’s not the Reward, It is the challenge.”
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