The more I blog the more I find myself thinking about my word choice. Sometimes the words come first, naturally, and the meaning occurs to me later. Sometimes I search for the right word to capture the right meaning. Regardless, I think that some words have little meaning or impact and some are more powerful.
Like the word “journey.” I find myself using it over and over. And I noticed that I was not alone. I am on a journey and many of you say that about yourselves as well.
I love this word. Because it creates a great picture if I allow my mind to play along. And I am a visual person so I appreciate a good analogy or a good mental image.
My journey is about more than losing weight. More than a “diet.” It is about living a healthy lifestyle. It is about developing a “normal” relationship with food. It is about being in control. It is about liking myself more. It is about optimism.
Some journeys are short and easily reach a clear conclusion. This one, for me, is not. It is long and winding and the destination is still unknown. And it is filled with detours. Filled with sights to be seen and lessons to be learned and pitfalls to be encountered. Some days I travel alone; some days I am holding hands as I walk along. Some days I an unencumbered in my travels and other days I have huge amounts of baggage to carry. I am slowly figuring out how to leave the baggage behind me as I continue on. When I see others on the way, sometimes they are standing by the side of the road, wondering how to get their feet out of the mud and back on track. Sometimes they are standing ahead of me, cheering me on, inspiring me by how far they have already traveled. There are steep hills. There is flat road. But there never seems to be any coasting along. Some days the sun is shining and some days I am battling gale force headwinds. There may be forks in the road, but there are no “points of no return.” I can always move forward and continue the journey, as long as I get off my butt and keep moving. I may stumble; I may take a few steps in the wrong direction or backwards; I may turn myself around until I feel dizzy; but so far my journey has been filled with progress forward.
I am on a journey. I didn’t know that when I started. But I know it now.