Enjoy Your Journey-Enjoy Your Life

Life is a journey. From birth until death we traverse these boulevards of life. Travel the meandering country road, beautiful, peaceful and serene. Savor the trip. Take a break from the drive to stretch…to enjoy a good meal with family and friends…to clear your mind of the clutter collected day to day. ENJOY your journey. We all have goals we hope to accomplish…our destinations on this journey. Don’t spend your journey rushing from one destination to another.Take time to enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. You will reach your destination a happier and healthier person.

Life can't always be the meandering country road, sometimes it is rush hour traffic, blaring, hostile and stressful. Just as we are moving forward easily, we suddenly come to an abrupt halt. It’s easy to get stuck in rush hour traffic. We all do at times. I don't know about you but when I hit that rush hour wall, I get off at the next exit. I may not know exactly where I am, but at least I can keep moving forward. I would rather get a little lost, than be stuck in the same place for eternity.

Driving through a new town can cause us to become lost.  We may have made a wrong turn and realize it immediately.  When I do, I find a place to turn around and get back on track.  Sometimes we don’t realize it until later.  We may find ourselves in a place we know we don’t belong.  When this happens, I find my map and plan a route back to where I want to be.  Sometimes we need to ask for directions.  Eventually we find our way back to our planned route. 

Journey your life in the same way.  When you take a wrong turn, and you realize it, don’t continue down that road just because it happens to be the one you are now on.  Don’t beat yourself up for turning the wrong way, it happens to all of us sooner or later.   Find your map, get your bearings and get back on the right road.  Chances are that when you pass this way again, you will remember where you turned wrong and avoid making the same mistake.

Cruising the avenues and byways of time we will find some are smooth and straight, while others are circuitous and full of potholes.  One day is full of clear blue sky and illuminating sunlight…another day the sky is full of dark clouds and a blinding rain falls.  We do not drive the same way for these differing conditions.  Racing along in the blinding rain on an ambiguous street full of potholes will almost certainly end in a crash.  Traverse the course with care during these times.  Turn on your lights and windshield wipers, slow down, look both ways at intersections and remain alert. 

Accidents can and do happen, no matter how carefully we drive. Sometimes we may crash before we reach our destination. This may be caused by our mishandling of the vehicle. Or it may be caused by someone else. Unable to continue our journey, we end up back at the beginning. Will this cause you to never try another trip, another adventure? No, you will fix the car and plan your next destination. It may be the same destination and route that you chose earlier. It may be the same destination using a different route. Or you may change your destination all together to a new, more exciting place you have found.

Unexpected roadblocks will occur in our journey.  All the planning in the world will not allow us to avoid all roadblocks. We will have to detour from our chosen route.  Although detours do not take us along our chosen route, we can still reach our destination despite them. It may take a little longer than planned, but our goal is still attainable. And who knows, we may find a new favorite place that we would not have seen otherwise.

Enjoy this meandering and amazing journey called life. Slow down, smell the roses, watch a sunset. Love much, laugh often, live well. Keep the journey full of wonder, full of love and full of benevolence. These are the secrets to happiness.

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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

"Keep the journey full of wonder, full of love and full of benevolence. These are the secrets to happiness."

Fo'shizzel.

Ahhhh, been waiting to say that again. ;)

Love this..no mistakes, either. =P


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

For some reason, all of this reminded of a road trip I took while in college, K@ari. We of course had a lot of fun and many stories derived from our adventures (or mis-adventures, depending on who you ask). The means definitely justify the ends, as like you say, "Life is a journey." Thanks.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks lxxy, Fo'shizzel, I'm very glad you like it! :D


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

A strikingly beautiful first picture - and the others fit perfectly with your writings - a great match, and great facts about the changes we must all go through. Enjoyed!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

dohn, Sounds like a great trip with much enjoyment! It is the fun of getting there that makes life what it is. :D


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ixwa 7 years ago

Unusual! Fun and Entertaining! Great Stuff!


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Kari,

Good analogy. I love that train station 'do,re,mi.'Also a good choice:) Thanks.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Beautiful, uplifting essay, except for the jammed freeway scene. Well, maybe even that has a hidden beauty. It helps us appreciate the lonely country roads.

That first scene is stunning-- and looks a little like my neighborhood.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

frogyfish, I loved that picture also...that's what I want for my life. Glad you liked it. :D

Thanks ixwa! I do like to entertain. :D

R Burow, Thanks, I love the train station! I would so like to see or be in one some day. :D

Rochelle, That is an excellent point. Life is full of contradictions and it is the bad that makes the good so good. :D


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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana

Great hub. We all need to be reminded that wrong turns happen, but we can retrace our steps, and start over. If the road you're on has ruts, find a new one! lol I love it!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

mamacoots, Thanks! What we do so easily while driving becomes much harder in life. I'm glad you liked it. :D


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Thanks for the reminder K@ri. :)

Love and light! :)


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

So true. Beautiful. Photos are a perfect match. Love the metaphores. It's all in the way we see things. Getting on track as soon as we notice we're off track, that's excellent advice (love your lost in a new town theory). =]


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Montana Farm Girl 7 years ago from Northwestern Montana

Loved it!!!! Sometimes the detours can be the best part and where we learn the most!!


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BirteEdwards 7 years ago

Great insight into what life is. A journey. We start, most think, unwillingly. We leave, most say, unwillingly. It's the in-between that matters.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Misha, As if you needed one :P Good to see ya!

Frieda, Thank you! Hopefully we learn from our mistakes, but I know I've made the same wrong turn more than once. :D

Montana Farm Girl, Detours can be the most amazing things! :D

Birte, You are so right, it's in the in-between that we find our joy. :)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Beautiful thoughts, and you managed to select the perfect photos to bring even more light in your message. I liked the one about the wrong turn, have made a few or many in my life, but through it all, I try to evolve. We all need to be reminded to not stay stuck, as life will always bring us our little tests as well as joy.

Watched the video and was clapping in the end. LOL! You reminded me yet again, how we as individuals can add to the beauty of the world by expressing the highest part of ourselves through writing, sharing, art, music or just being our loving selves. You just expressed a beautiful part of yourself by writing this hub, so thank you for this!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Violet, It's so good to see you. Thank you. I too have taken many a wrong turn in this life, and while sometimes it has taken longer than others to realize it and turn around, I am blessed in that I have been able to find my way back each time.

You express a great truth when you write, "we as individuals can add to the beauty of the world by expressing the highest part of ourselves through writing, sharing, art, music or just being our loving selves." A great truth, and a beautiful one. You always inspire me with your comments. :D


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Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Much wisdom, K@ri. Thanks


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks, Jess! You are very kind. :D


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Carpie diem is the answer :) Great one of you K@ri... Have a nice day...


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StixBrown 7 years ago

Another great hub! Good insight!


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ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

good hub.. an undesirable person whom you've had bad experiences you know in a far away town will cause you to not visit there again. And yes, other than that enjoy and breathe it all in during your travels


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beccas90 7 years ago from New York

Really great thoughts and observations throughout the hub - I think the real test is feeling good even though things are going bad.


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Sarah m Marie 7 years ago

Wonderful encouragement!


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Jaspal 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful hub K@ri - life indeed is a journey to be enjoyed!

As Ben Hogan said, "As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I love how you can put everyday things in to such a meaningful way. My life is like a rollar coaster and I am so looking forward to a retired life. Even though I'm 25...But I still have a lot of energy. Just need to find the right time and people to have fun with.


Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

A terrific inspirational piece - your best so far, and I love your pragmatic and centered view on the stuff of life. Gotta run.. life is calling :o


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I love your thoughts here, expressed so eloquently. Thank you for this treasure. I, too, think that first photo is extraordinary.

When flying an aircraft, you have set your heading. If you are off by one degree—you end up miles from where you wanted to go.


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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

This was a great hub, I like the way you worded it,..Life is a trip in its self. Love the pics too !!!


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Thank you k@ri for the words of wisdom here . For a young one you are pretty smart ! I would also like to say as an LA transplant I have a PHD In bad traffic !


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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Simply awesome kari. It was wonderful to read this hub first thing in the morning. So very inspiring. Thanks for this hub. Cheers


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universeexplorer 7 years ago from Bremen, Germany

goodluck with your journey


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

What a lovely hub. Like Jayb, I'm reading it at 4 am! LOL And it is very inspiring as I am reminded to keep on enjoying life's journey with all its ups and downs. :)


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

What a really good extended metaphor. You do that very well, and I enjoyed the message.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Very nice article, K@ri. Read it twice. Also the do-re-mi video is so happy. Thanks!


ralwus 7 years ago

I am definitely enjoying my journey. To the max. Even without sex. How's life treating you dear? hugs now, xox CC


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Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Nicely done! When it's good - it's good (and everything I read from you has been good, cheers!).


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

shamel, Carpie diem! You have a nice day also! :D

StixBrown, Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

ocbill, Live it and breath it!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks beccas90! I feel happiness is a state of mind...one we control if we want to.

Sarah m Marie, I'm glad :D

Jaspal, Thanks! That's a great quote and a wonderful reminder to live life fully.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

May, Life is a rollercoaster, but it is the downs that make the ups so fun. Enjoy the ride! :D

Thanks Linda! Hmmm, pragmatic and centered...LOL...I try...can't say I always make it but I try.

James, You always say the nicest things, thanks for this. :D

Army Infantry Mom, Life is the greatest trip of all time. I'm glad you enjoyed this.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

tony, You are much too kind. Thanks!

jay, I'm really glad you enjoyed it so. :D

universeexplorer, Good luck to you also!

ripplemaker, Thanks so much! Your visits always make my day a little brighter.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Paradise7, I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks!

Thanks Tom! I love that video also...very happy. :D

ralwus, I'm glad you are enjoying your journey! Me too. Life has been very good to me lately. :D

Mr. Happy, Thanks, you are very kind!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

k@ri

As they say, it's not the destination but the journey. Life is too short only for those who hurry. Thanks for sharing :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Cris, I like how you put that..."Life is too short only for those who hurry." That is a great truth! :D


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vrbmft 7 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Wow! Great pictures. The metaphors are "perfect" but of course that's contradictory to the story line, but maybe life is perfect with all of its ups and downs and detours. and accidents and rush hour traffic. Wow, look at that, You got me thinking!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

vrbmft, I am very glad this got you thinking. Life is too short not to appreciate it, and although we are tempted to rush from one thing to another, we need to take time to enjoy the journey also.

I truly believe life is perfect and all the ups and downs and detours help us to be who we are. Thank you !


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nilum 6 years ago

nice hub


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

nilum, Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. :D


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

k@ri, I loved reading this accompanied by Easy Rider, lol. I am thinking more and more that I need to always include an inspirational video on my hubs. I love to click on them as background music. They generate new energy even as your words make me consider new ideas.

I especially related to the busy roads versus country roads concept. I read that and thought, "Why can't I always have Country Roads?" And it flashed into my mind that last night my husband and I went to see Wicked in downtown Denver-- couldn't have happened without the freeway to negotiate. Thanks!


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Storytellersrus, Thanks! You are so right...sometimes to get to the good things in life we need to navigate through the traffic it throws our way. :D


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Carmen Borthwick 6 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Very good analogies of life. Great hub, I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for writing and sharing it.


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Carmen, Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D


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tracy_alfred 6 years ago

thanks buddy for this great hun


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks tracy! I'm glad you liked it. :D


Ken 6 years ago

Wow, I've always lived by this theory of life being about the journey and not the destination. But your metaphors hit it right on the nail. Very very good piece of work.

Thanks for the read, Kari.


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Ken, I'm very glad you enjoyed it! It is so easy to get caught up in the race and forget to enjoy...I'm happy to know you understand. :D


Stef 5 years ago

woww!! this is exactly how i feel :D

did you write this? if it so you're a great writer, i'm gonna read your book if you ever decide to write one!!

thanks! :D


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Coach Julie 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

OUTSTANDING!! Thank you so much. I especially enjoyed the video at the end of the Belgium train station. You really know how to spread joy!


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

Amazing, life is a long journey, we all have a chance to make our life colorful. Don't be serious on anything just do some crazy thing that can be stock to your mind as long as you live.

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