Have you ever felt like you were being taken for a ride? Felt like a victim, like you were just a passenger in your own life, with someone else behind the wheel? I have. Many times. I have bitched and complained at every turn. Blamed everybody and everything for ending up here, in this unhappy/disappointing/whatever location.
For many years I listened to other people, ignoring my own inner compass. I gave the keys to somebody else. I took the candy and got in the car. I ended up sick and disoriented, and nowhere near home. I learned a valuable lesson: following someone else's directions is a sure-fire way for me to get lost. I don't ever want to go down that road again.
It has taken me a number of years to be brave enough and aware enough to get behind the wheel of my life and drive in the direction of my dreams. MY DREAMS. The interesting thing is that nobody else has a map telling me exactly how to get to the land of dreams-come-true. Only I have access to those details. In fact, I can usually only see a few feet ahead, can only see the next bend in the road. So that is where I head. It can be painfully scary, like driving in blinding rain or dense fog. Sometimes I need to stop and wait, rest, trusting that the fog will clear. And it does. I am learning to be patient, to not rush the journey. I know that the trip itself is the point. Taking responsibility for my choices and making the next right move, the move that makes my heart say YES, is how I travel these days. It feels so much better this way. The dreams, once so elusive, are now traveling companions. We make our plans, and head out into the world, always following our inner compass. I rarely get lost anymore.
If you have been a reluctant passenger and are now wanting to steer the car, bravo for you! Set your intention and grab the keys. The only map you will ever really need is in your heart. Unfold it and take a look. Be brave. Head towards that scenic overpass, that dream of a landscape you've seen in your mind's eye. It is a trip worth taking.