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I will always remember a conversation I had with a dear friend who said that every day he tries to win, with his career he wants to win, with the small things he wants to win. I suppose it’s a natural desire, to succeed. But how do you win?
When exactly do you reach the point when you can look around you and declare that you have won, that everything you had desired has come true? I suppose when your bank balance reaches one million? When you sign the deal with the record company? When you are crowned ‘Lord of all Creation’? I guess I could wait for that to happen, I could judge the success of each day depending on how much closer I am to that goal.
But what if you just want to be happy? Is happiness something you can work towards? Is it a goal you can reach? If I do everything I think I need to do to succeed, will I one day wake up happy and stay happy?
I was flicking through my old diaries and I found this…
2nd October 2012
I’m sitting in a car, wedged between my fellow passengers, being taken from Banska Bystrica in Slovakia to Vienna, Austria. I’m watching distant mountains pass by enshrouded in fog and someone is complaining about the four hour journey we have just begun.
But at the moment I feel like The Journey might be the most important thing that we do, that travelling is so much more than something that must be endured to get from A to B. It is a chance to reflect, to ponder the snippets of moments that we witness as they speed past the window, to relax and allow ourselves to be carried along.
As we travel, our mind is on a journey as well as our body, our soul journeys with us. Each step is a step into the Unknown and the Unknown contains all of life’s pleasures, it’s secrets and surprises.
And when we do reach out destination -for no-one can travel forever- there is a chance that we are a different person the one who set out at the beginning. We have fed our soul as we journeyed, and it emerges all the richer.
To enjoy The Journey is to enjoy life.
I don’t think I want to Win.
Or at least, I don’t want to try.
A moment of success doesn’t make up for countless days of struggle.
I’d much rather relax and look out the window, and trust that we’ll get there, someday.
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