Life is a journey at times sweet and pleasant at other times bitter and hard. We are all on this journey, constantly changing. During the course of this journey there are many destinations. But each is only a short stop marking a new beginning. As we travel along the journey of life we see many destinations ahead. We think in terms of destinations, of arriving at the desired stop like "When I turn 18 ", "When I graduate"; "When I retire". But as we travel we discover that these are not destinations at all. They are just events, stations where we can change the direction.
In the beginning, as newborn children, we are curious and helpless, overwhelmed by the world around us. Gradually we grow stronger and more familiar with other people. ...view middle of the document...
We need to be cool - accepted and admired by our social groups. We experience the pressures of the wider society. We become risk takers, experimenting with life. This is the part of the journey where sexual awareness has begun. The next few years are dominated by the search for partners.
The journey continues to the next destination of adulthood. With school days over we enter the world of business and work. Suddenly we are able to earn our own money, make our own decisions. Perhaps we meet a life partner. We marry and live happily ever after.
The fairy tales make this part of the journey seem like the destination of life. Young people dream of marriage which will tell them that they have arrived. But arriving at this station is another turning point in our journey through life. We are now in a partnership and much is till to follow. We have become a family. This is the next destination and a start of a whole new adventure. As our babies grow and develop our journey through life continues.
We experience success and failure, joy and heartbreak. The journey never stops, not even for a moment. In the blink of an eye our children are beginning to strike out, forming their own relationships and having their own children. Suddenly we are grandparents. Yet still we do not feel old! Now the newlyweds look like children! How can they be ready to take on this journey alone?
Gradually we get older. We approach the final destination of life, the destination from which no-one returns.
Life is a journey taking us on a rocky ride. The destinations are merely new beginnings, a new phase of the journey. There will be highs and lows, happiness and grief. But as long as we live, the journey carries on.