“Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”
― Paulo Coelho,
There’s a plethora of advice on the internet about how to enter certain journeys. These journeys can range from self-love to mental health to spiritual growth. You name it. The majority of articles, YouTube videos, and conferences that you’ll find break these journeys down into simple how to steps. I’m guilty of it, just check out my last post. These forums are super helpful because they provide people with digestible ways to enter or put in place practices in such important journey. However, most lack one thing. They don’t inform people about how truly difficult the journey actually is.
When entering any journey it is important to consider the following:
1. It will not happen overnight.
I would certainly love for it to be that easy. It would have saved me a lot of headaches in my journeys but unfortunately it’s not. The journey varies for everyone. Sometimes it can take a couple of weeks, sometimes a couple of months, maybe even years. But, the truth of the matter is it will most certainly not happen in the blink of an eye. So sit back, buckle up and get comfortable.
2. You will experience growing pains.
The fact that you’re on journey means that you are moving towards a place you’ve never been to before. You’re growing. And just like a baby who is beginning to teeth, we will hurt, we will cry, and we won’t understand why we even decided to commence on this journey to begin with. Growing pains can look like plateauing and feeling like it’s not worth it anymore. It can look like having your loved ones turn on you because they think you’ve changed. It’s going to hurt.
3. It is absolutely worth it.
Not only will you learn how to handle the lows and appreciate all of the highs. You, dear friend, will gain a better understanding of who you are and what you value. And when you’ve reached your destination you won’t give give a flying crap about what anybody thinks of that.
What journey are you on right now?
I encourage you to commit to it.
That self-love, that personal growth, that passion for life looks great on you.