She thought about the many paths! There is a path to success and a path to failure, a path to fame and a path to disgrace, a path to all things good and a path to all things evil and more. Isn't achieving success, fame and good things all a goal ? So, she wondered if every path lead to a goal then what was the destination. Is a goal achieved a destination reached ? Aren't goals the milestones ? She wondered and wondered what was the destination! Aren't we all going to die one day. Is death the destination ? Or is it just beginning of another path ?
Commitment. What a fully-loaded word. For some, commitments help track the path out in front of us, while others fear the expectation and dependency. I wouldn't dare comment on anyone else's attitude towards commitment, 'each to their own' is my motto in this case. But I would like to take a moment to share my relationship with commitment, and what it has given to me. It's an interesting time in our lives when we shift out of commitments made or enforced by others into ones that are made purely by our own choices. Leading up to my graduation, I was faced with the terrifyingly exciting question of what I was going to do. With no one to tell me what I should do, or where I should be, I was truly free. My life was mine and each step taken on this journey of a lifetime is utterly mine to control. The sense of freedom was overwhelming and I took full advantage of it for some time. There were a few moments that occurred halfway across the world from home, in the midst of 'freedom' that I realized I wanted to be relied upon and to have things to show up for. At one extreme I craved the other. It's funny how that happens. Since then I have willingly and wholeheartedly committed to a number of things that have already turned my life around, in big and little ways. The little commitments are so essential; a blog, a long-distance swim and daily meditation. Little things I've challenged myself to show up for each day, because I know that I'm nurturing a habit that I can apply to much bigger, more important things, perhaps. It's a type of discipline that is most effective as it comes from within, with a little push here and there from the good people I have had around. I love to observe the process when an idea manifests itself into action and curiosity outweighs fear to let beautiful things unfold. We actually achieve stuff we're proud of, push our limits and surprise ourselves. I've learnt so much about myself from making those scary decisions to do something I wasn't sure I could, or overcome something that seemed too hard at the time. I challenge you all to commit to the next thing that sparks a little fire of curiosity in your heart. Go for it :)