Friday, April 12, 2013

302/365: One Traveler's Advice from the Creative Path

Hello fellow travelers,

I am not far down my path, but it's never too soon to share learning.

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
~ Joseph Campbell

If and when, friends...
If and when we decide to veer off a path that no longer feels like our own, and we choose to create (out of hope and heart and purpose), we take on the creation of our lives. Do reflect on the double meaning, and know this:

Those first steps off the beaten path won't be easy. Your shoes will get dirty. You may find yourself knee-deep in muck (such as fear and self-doubt). You will stumble for some time before you find your footing. That comes with embarking on unknown territory. Your path may not be neatly manicured, but that's because your dreams have been growing there, wild and free. You will notice, however, the way is more tender underfoot. That's because you're following your bliss. Bliss is tender, you know. Even when the road gets rough (and I promise it will), you will want to keep pushing on because the way is yours. Your passion will be a torch to light your course. You will step right into your courage as you carry bravely on. Your senses will be awakened to the marvels all around. Colors will be more vivid. You will find words you didn't know you had to express what is inside you. You will get goosebumps. Often. That is just the chill of magic and myth forming around you. That is just the thrill of learning. You will suddenly understand what you've heard all these years, that it's about the journey, not the destination. Your creative life is a journey and creating your life is a journey. Allow the line to blur. Allow the adventure to come into focus.

Create your own path,
One foot in front of the other.
Say "Yes!" to your adventure.
Be the hero of your own epic journey.
Enjoy every step.

That is my advice to you.

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