The One Little Word prompt for September involved writing a letter to . . . yourself. Here's mine.
I know you were looking for . . . something . . . when you chose the word JOURNEY for 2015. I know you wanted to wander (a little) off the comfortable and well-worn path of your life. You used the words "shake up." You used the words "explore" and "discover" and "get a little lost."
And, as usually happens with this One Little Word thing, you get what you're looking for. (That's why you sign up every year, right? That's why you put up with all the prescribed arts-and-crafts scrapbooking bullshit and commercial "kits," isn't it?) Because, turns out, the process - and the monthly prompts - all work for you.
OLW strikes again.
Life took you on a JOURNEY you weren't quite expecting when you signed on to this gig. You landed in some kind of wilderness - one that you wouldn't have picked for yourself and really didn't expect. And -- AH! -- that's the real beauty of a JOURNEY. Sometimes you know where you're headed, and sometimes you don't. I kind of remember . . . that you were hoping for a JOURNEY where you didn't quite know where you were headed.
And. Well. That's what you got!
Now that you're moving again -- out of that wilderness and onto a path you didn't know existed back in January - you've learned a few things.
Like. . .
Heading out on a JOURNEY when you don't exactly know where you're going . . . is risky.
Getting lost . . . means being uncomfortable.
And (like with any trip), it's important to pack lightly. Which means . . . letting go. Getting rid of what you don't really need. Ideas. Objects. People who drag you down. Commitments you shouldn't have made in the first place.
Because being lost -- really being lost -- and wandering (even flailing) in the wilderness for a while might just be the best way to find out who you are, what you might want to do, and how you want to live the rest of your life.
When you set out on a JOURNEY - any kind of journey - you should expect to come back changed. And, y'know, you don't get to direct what that change will be. It just . . . happens.
Here's to "getting lost." And "exploring." And "discovery." Here's to "shaking things up."
"Cherish your wilderness." -- Maxine Kumin