And as I thought about what to write in relation to “the journey,” I thought of a zillion different ways to take it. What to write? What always leaps to mind for me with this topic is this: if there is one thing I have learned on my own life journey, it’s that it does not have an ending point. The journey of life just IS.
If we accept that fact, then I believe we can be much happier living in the present moment. It takes away the need for arriving or ending. It removes want, in many ways. I’ve long suspected that this is one of the reasons that we love movies so much- because movies are finite. Movies satisfy a need in us for things to end nice and neat, because real life just doesn’t tie things up in bows and “finish,” so to speak.
When I was recording FORWARD, I was focused so much on moving past what had absorbed me for so many years. I wanted *hard* to remind myself that I had to move forward and not dwell on the past. But as with anything in life, it’s always about balance. Too much looking forward or looking back is not good. We must be brought back to the present moment.
When we accept that there is never going to be a finished product or an “I’m done!” moment to our life, living in the present and enjoying it becomes much, much easier. And the phrase “this too shall pass” resonates further, doesn’t it? All we have is this very moment, right NOW, so why rush for what we think is an ending point? There’s no need, because that is inherently false. Even when we die, we don’t know what happens- that may not be an ending point either.
So as you think about journey in a life-rocking frame of reference, maybe the most rock and roll thing would be to be in the moment, every moment. A tall order, no doubt; but I think that even when we are working on something for the future, we have the capability to enjoy the now for what it is, and make it the best it can possibly be.