"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."
My mind reverts back to a young woman named Alice, full of curiosity, adventure and a willingness to show the world that there is more that meets the eye. It's such a powerful phrase and one that many people can identify with in one way or another. We never know what lies ahead in our lives. The trials, the tribulations and the overwhelming need to re-route our destiny as we move forward in this world. Defining our lives can only be done in an instant. Everything after that instance is being redefined. What if life was predestined for us? Would it be that interesting or would we silently trudge on through the mundane knowing full well how it would all turn out. If life was offered to us on a silver platter, fully engaged in all things good, would we turn it down if one thing kept us from being who we envisioned ourselves to be? It's these moments when I feel it's good to assess what life really means to all of us. Uncertainty is an uncomfortable state to be in, but one that holds more promise than anything you could imagine. It's the moment of being in the delivery room while a new family member emerges to the light of smiling faces. The same can be said for those moments when you find yourself on the opposite side of an operating room, hoping to be the first smiling face that is seen, if only to reassure that although life is different now, it's still beautiful. Throughout life, we will change. Complacency is always an option, the easy option. The harder choices are the ones that lead you to forks in the road. Where decisions are made and set the stage for the rest of your life that follows. Are you an observer or a participant? From the impactful life-changing decisions to the less than worrisome choices of where will I take my trip this year, it all depends on where you stand. What keeps us from going where we want to go and doing what we want to do? Money, time, resources? Usually, it's just ourselves. When we make the tough decisions on where to spend our money and how we want to live our lives, we must keep in mind that this particular instance will never occur again. Alice was right. We will never be the same, but that doesn't mean we can't be better than who we were. Family and travel pretty much go hand in hand. You really never know what you are going to get in the end and there is always a curve that you simply can't see what is around the bend, but you know that there's a good chance it could life changing, or at the least, awe inspiring. People who travel live differently than others. There's never a place that is too far. There's never a place that is off limits. And if the day comes when we can't seem to make that trip again, even just down the road, we feel as if we lose a bit of ourselves in the process.
"Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?" Alice asked.
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." The Cat responded.
"I don't care much where-" Alice said.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go."
It also doesn't matter much how you get there, just as long as you arrive. Each day you travel, you live that much more. Each day you live, you travel that much more. And when your travel is complete, your canvased memory will provide enough paint to recapture all that you have seen. Believe this, your travels never end, they simply took a different route. It's up to you when you want to sign your painting, just be sure you've left time to put on the finishing touches. That's what makes your painting a masterpiece.
To all the Alices in the world who live to travel another day and to all of us who know them, your new journey has just begun. And so the adventure of life continues...