Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mapping directions

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

If only my sense of direction in life were as good as my sense of direction on the road

Then I’d be all set.

I was thinking about this yesterday on the way back from work in my (dad’s) car. On the road, I don’t mind getting lost, taking wrong turns, making those kinds of mistakes, because to me, it’s just a matter of knowing your bearings, where you came from and where you want to go. And anyways, if you take a wrong turn there’s bound to be somewhere you can make an illegal u-turn up ahead and get back on track. Now how do I apply that principle to life?? I know where I come from, yes. I also know where I’m headed or rather where I want to go, generally. But how do I get there? Life doesn’t come with a gps device, a mapbook, or google earth. Or maybe I just haven’t been looking in the right places? When im lost on the road, on the rare occurrence that it does happen, it’s my general directional compass that comes to the rescue. That, and my past experiences. Also instinct. When I was a little girl I loved car rides and whenever I wasn’t falling asleep I was gazing out the window. I guess that helped kot. But even before that, I still remember the route I used to take walking to kindergarten, the route my bus took in first and second grade. Point is, roads are great. They are easy for me. Cant say the same for life, although that said, I don’t think its meant to be easy. Ive had a VERY blessed life Alhamdulillah. I’m digressing.

I don’t like making mistakes. I think, im scared of making mistakes because I would be letting myself and other people down. And because of this I don’t take risks. I think I have to keep reminding myself that, like on the road, mistakes aren’t generally the end of the world, and are in fact quite necessary to be able to build up a more comprehensive map of the world/life.


8 hitchhikers:

muzakir said...

Bravo.

shockresistant7 said...

bravo?

muzakir said...

bagus la.

usually you end your entries stumbling.

now you know where to go.

and isn't it nice to at least have someone to get lost with? ha

Meem said...

oh honey, you'll be fine. enjoy the ride :)

shockresistant7 said...

thank you meem!

Superman's Girlfriend said...

nobody like making mistakes. not even me. but isn't life about making and learning from them? either we get wiser or the other way around, it's a matter of how we rectify the mistakes done.

lubnaaa said...

Life has a very funny way of turning out in a way that will surprise you..

..and funnily enough, it's the twists and turns that you'll remember fondly. :)

Lutfi Torla said...

I'm reminded of a story I once read. A young man looking for direction in life finds an Internet article that describes how to find happiness.

In part of it, the story goes on to explain what you just said, that direction in life and on the road are similar. Know where you want to be in life, and you'll be able to find your way.

Even if your current plan to achieve happiness fails, treat it like a detour. You can always find another road to get there.

It's interesting that you come to the same conclusion here. I think it shows the deep awareness you have of yourself. (Which can only be a good thing).

The real interesting thing in this book though is how it describes for people the way to clarify their own personal definition of happiness. I've used it myself to my own delight simply because it made so much sense.

It sounds like you've already found your own personal definition of happiness? If you have, good job.

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