Lately I have been advising a friend of mine to enjoy every minute of time spent with her kids. As a fairly recent empty nester, I am still coming to terms with my new life without children (not full time anyway).
And this got me thinking. Last week I wrote a blog about capturing the feeling of having already achieved your dreams and desires, and I absolutely still stand by that process. But since it's probably impractical to live 24/7 with the feeling of having already "made it", I think it is equally important to appreciate the journey for the unique experiences that it holds.
We have all heard the saying "journey vs destination". I know quite a few destination type people, and that's cool, if that's where you are at. I certainly know what impatience feels like, especially when it comes to living the life of my dreams. But I have always considered myself a "journey" kinda girl. I think I need to remind myself of this sometimes when I feel the frustration of things not moving at a pace that I would like them too.
But just as life is a series of stages, each with it's own unique experiences and lessons to learn, so to is the journey to fulfilling our dreams. Right now I am working on a new website. It's a lot of work. And I keep rushing myself to have it done, so I can get back to the business of taking photographs. But then all of a sudden I noticed that a smile had spread across my face. I realised that I was actually having lots of fun building the site. It was creative, and challenging, and stretching me to learn new things. I was actually enjoying the process.
Sure it would be great to snap our fingers, or blink our eyes, and "poof" all our goals and dreams were realised... but just think of all the fun we would miss along the way. And just as I am getting SO much more satisfaction out of learning to build a website myself (rather than paying someone else to do it for me).. When I truly have "made it".. I will also have the feelings of achievement that come from having made the journey. And hopefully along the way... Enjoying the process.