A not very timely note

This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.

- G. Jan 2013

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Paths" by G.

So one day, your cute little baby self burst forth from your mother's womb and another new soul was granted the flame of life. For the sake of clarity, lets say that the minute you were born, the secret Google factory in the sky created a blank map, just for you. It only started with that single dot; the starting point. But as you've lived, the map has started to develop, showing the paths you've taken and the mental choices you've made. And thus we get to my topic today.

Imagine your stuck at sea on a boat. Not the nice yacht in that Andy Samberg thing, but a small dinky little speedboat. Your map is blank, and all you can do is fill it out as you sail around. That's pretty much how we begin life. But it's not all about discovery. I like to think of the beginning of our life as a single line. A small, vertical line on that blank map. As we learn to walk, talk and eat something other than super nutritious baby slop in a can, that line slowly inches upward. But its not until we are older that this line, this path, can start to branch out. And that's what I want to focus on today; the paths that life presents us with.

Know that quote from Robert Frost? You know, the one about taking the road less traveled and it being all the difference? While we all start out on the same highway, we get older and start learning more about ourselves and the world around us, and then exits start to appear along that great highway. Different paths. Once these paths become available, potential begins to sprout. One path could lead to fame, another to happiness. Or hell, the wrong choice could easily lead us to ruin. So many paths, but only the right route leads us to what we want. And since most of us don't have a real solid idea of what we want anyway, I guess we all really are just lost and confused trying to figure out things on this human laden sphere we live on.

But you know one of the things that scares me the most? Regret. A fear that I'll look back and regret not taking that chance or making that choice. If we don't try to do something then our map is just going to be that single straight line, from beginning to end. But you know what, one of those paths could be a turning point. It could be that career you've always wanted. That person you had a crush on since forever. Losing weight, discovering a talent, helping other people; whatever it is, it changes you. A simple change of direction of your route on that map... it could take you to places and heights that for now only exist in the back of our mind.

But there are only two hard things. Choosing your destination. And taking the right route. And that's the ultimate challenge in life. I know I regret alot of things, but if you take that chance or take a different road, that potential for something good is always worth it.

Thanks for reading; by all means share your thoughts on this.

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