Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Journey

“On the path of life, it is all about the journey and not the final destination…”

Having just referred to this pearl of wisdom in the comment section of one of the Bipolar Planet blogs that I read, I needed to use it here. I probably don’t have the quote just right and, there are probably numerous variations of its theme. The gist is essential correct about our experiences, discoveries, and lessons learned being more important than arriving at the destination we are moving towards. Stop and smell the roses.

Fortunately, I have survived traveling through the dark places and deep drops on my bipolar coaster ride. Being able to look back and appreciate all of the great thrills and humor on the “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”, “The Pirates of the Caribbean”, and other such routes is in itself a good part of my ride. At times, I feared my car would jump off the tracks or break apart. I’ve watched in horror as bolts fell off and other parts vibrated and threatened to fail.

But – Not today.

Yes, I will complain about the insomnia and the times I just don’t want to get out of bed. Most folks will never understand how the ups and downs can be, well, exasperating. Nor, will they know the enjoyment that we bipolar coaster riders may encounter.

I have often thought that my travels and ventures have been akin to being a pioneer. I have at times been at the forefront of enterprises that truly mattered.

Yes – What a ride!

“No one who has not pioneered can understand the fascination and the terror of it.” --- Laura Ingles Wilder

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