Personal Development

Life Is A Journey

Life is a road and I wanna keep going
Love is a river I wanna keep going on…
Wonderful journey.

Richard Marx & Donna Lewis, “At The Beginning”

Literature often tells the tales of journeys — those stories where the individual sets out on her own and faces tests of faith and trials of character. She battles adventure and insecurity on the road on which she’s traveling; she finds empowerment and fortitude in the people she meets along the way. It’s a journey of discovery, a quest for the self. And though she may return to that starting point, she is never, ever the same.

Some of you have been with me from the beginning; some of you I met as I was just starting to emerge from the dark cloud under which I had found myself hiding, scared to continue on that road, afraid of where it might lead to next. And still, some of you are just joining me now as I continue to follow that road, on the greatest adventure of my life thus far.

On my last birthday, I vowed that things would be different in the year of my quarter-life. I had gone through that infamous crisis somewhat prematurely, and I vowed that this new year would mark a change. I wanted it to matter, and I was ready for something to happen — something positive, something good.

And so, I embarked on my own journey of self-discovery, on a quest to rediscover myself and everything I’ve always believed to be so important. And rediscover myself I have…with the help of the many friends I have met along the Twitter, Brazen, and blogging way.

This past year has been one of tremendous changes, challenges, and rewards. I fell far, but I learned how to pick myself up. I tried to fly, and I learned I could soar.

ballooned sky high by flosouni (flickr)

This month, as I gear up to celebrate my next birthday — and what I consider to be last year’s changing point — and as I anticipate whatever other adventures lie in store, I’m taking a step back to appreciate just how far I’ve come.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting links to certain archived blog posts on the new page, which will also hopefully serve as a starting point for new readers.

While it has sometimes felt like a lonely road, I haven’t been alone, and those who have been with me haven’t been forgotten.

As I celebrate my birthday at the end of the month, I’ll also be celebrating you — those who have stuck around through it all and offered support, friendship, and a part of yourselves in return.

More details will follow, so be on the lookout on the blog and Twitter for more information.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the beginning of my journey as a twenty(or)something. May your own journey prove to be just as wondrous.

Tonight…we drink to youth.

4 thoughts on “Life Is A Journey”

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  2. It sounds like we’re in the same boat, working hard to make our twenties awesome after having gone through some pretty rough times. I’m really glad I found your blog. It helps me to know that I’m not alone in my struggles to come out from under that dark cloud and live a happier life!

  3. Dani: I’m really glad that you found my blog as well because I love your insights and thoughts and positive attitude (and if I can gush, I love your site as well for those very same reasons!). I’m well aware that my blog tends to be more personal — the place where I share my own journey and thoughts — but if people can relate, if I can help others and make people feel that much less-alone, then I feel like I’ve succeeded, that there’s a greater reason, purpose.

    It sounds like we’re both heading towards calmer waters after hitting some rocky waves. Which is nice. It’ll give us a chance to appreciate where we are now in the face of where we’ve been. And a chance to know that we’ve got people in our boat with us, helping us out, should we ever face rough waters again…Thanks for your thoughts, Dani!

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