It’s easy to fall in love with the GPS version of the universe.
There, just ahead, after that curve. Drive a little further, your destination is almost here.
Done. You’ve arrived.
Of course, that’s not how it works. Not our careers, not our relationships, not our lives.
You’ve always arrived. You’ve never arrived.
Wherever you go, there you are. You’re never going to arrive because you’re already there.
There’s no division between the painful going and the joyous arriving. If we let it, the going can be the joyful part.
It turns out that arrival isn’t the point, it can’t be—because we spend all our time on the journey.”
~ Seth Godin
Oh, brother Seth, where do I begin?
Did you write this just for me? Did a little birdy whisper to you how much I suck at the journey part of life?
Or was it the screaming, hair pulling, and the skywriting that said YOU SUCK JOURNEY! GIMME THE FUCKING DESTINATION ALREADY! —that gave me away?
It’s not that I haven’t improved—I have.
And it’s not that I haven’t reached some amazing destinations in my life—I’ve done that too.
But oh, mah, gawd, does it have to be such a slog?
Listen, it’s just that as zen as I try to be, as chill and non-attached as my facade makes me out to be, there is always an epic interior battle raging. A churning. A yearning. It’s the fucking Game of Thrones inside of me. And as hard as I try to quell it (and just to be clear, trying hard doesn’t stop a raging battle, trying hard are the foot soldiers, the ground troops) it looms ever larger in my brain.
And that’s the rub I think you guys. All of that striving and “are we there yet?” is in. My. Head. Not my heart. Not my kishkes, and definitely nowhere near where my intuition hangs out. It all goes off the rails when my head grabs the map away from my intuition and starts to second-guess everything.
“Do you think you should have turned left there?”
“Make a u-turn! NOW! I don’t care of it’s legal or not!”
“Oh, what a dumb move! Fine. Let me try and recalculate the route—but I have a feeling you’re wicked screwed.”
All of the second-guessing. Don’t you guys hate the second-guessing? God! I have been known to yell out loud to that wise guy second-guesser “Oh, yeah? Easy for you to say! Where were you when I was deciding what to do?”
Can you even have buyers remorse with regard to your ex? No? Then shut up!
And I have to report that THIS was a bit of a turning point for me. I set boundaries with the all of the mean voices inside my head who were making the journey a living hell. I told them that unless they had anything helpful, encouraging, or constructive to say—I didn’t want to hear it. Currently, my interior dialogue goes something like this:
“That was dumb…”
DON”T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT!
“Are you sure you want to do that…?”
STICK A SOCK IN IT!
“They don’t seem interested in your…
SHUT THE FUCK UP!
“Huh, I would have done it differently…”
STOP TALKING. NOW!
See how that works? It’s self-care Tourettes.
Maybe you’re better at this than I am. Maybe you peacefully traverse your life like a passenger—holding a glass of champagne in first-class on British Airways. But I’m guessing you’re not because you’re here—you live on Earth so… I can’t guarantee it will work 100% of the time, and I have to admit that it gets exhausting, but it does help keep the clown car quiet. And that my friends is a definite improvement!