Had lunch with a friend a while back. We had just finished enjoying a movie and was on our way back to the city when I mentioned how much I loved road trips. What he said next made me want to laugh…not the funny, ab crunching laugh out loud type of laughter, but the you’ve got to be joking kind.
He said he hated road trips. Completely. He hated the ride, hated the people, hated the time it took to get there. He was only interested in the destination. If there was a way to teleport himself to where he wanted to go and there was a company building a teleportation device, he’d be the sole stock owner.
I was shocked. Who didn’t like road trips? It took me a minute to understand that some people are in it for the destination, while others enjoy the journey. There’s even a select few who enjoy both. This applies to people in different stages in their life…be it career, family, hobby or business. Some people are only in it for the end result, forgetting what it took to bring you there.
My point is this. The journey is just as important as the destination. There’s lessons in the journey as well. Much like writing, if you’re true to yourself and your craft, you eventually come to understanding yourself better and as a result…you write better, you do better, you become better. That’s what the journey is for. Things take time. You may not be there yet, but if you stay true to the course, before you realize it, you will reach your destination. Sometimes it’s not the destination you wanted for yourself, but a more fruitful and meaningful one.
So don’t get upset about how long it’s taking you to get where you vision yourself to be. If you’re in the process of learning a new craft, take time to really learn it. If you’re in the beginning stages of starting your business, take time to plan and learn what’s required. Learn from the bumps in the road. They’re not just bumps, but learning tools.
Enjoy the journey it takes to get you where you want to be. You can’t rush the good stuff.