I love looking back. Life is a crazy, wild, happy, sad, exciting, painful and incredible experience. When I look back I can relive many moments that have made life worth living. Looking back also allows me to remember lessons learned and experiences made that, while difficult at the moment, have molded my life into what it is now. Fire purifies gold, pressure creates a diamond. The rearview mirror retells the stories of our past, injecting new emotions such as nostalgia and fondness. As much as I love looking back, looking forward is even better. The future, with its endless possibilities, unfolds in our minds where boundaries don’t exist. A world where everything is possible. It is only outside of our minds where boundaries exist. 12:06 am. I am sitting at my desk, looking back at one year and a half of Free Mind thought-provoking conversations you and I have had. We have pondered about many topics that connect us to who we are and to what we do. As I shuffle and skim through the words I’ve written, I have a revelation.
All those words through which I intended to motivate you have motivated me at least as much. Those words I wrote for you are words that I needed to hear as well. Identity. Uniqueness. Love for oneself. Love for what one does. Ownership. Sharing. Courage. They are all topics on which I never want to stop to reflect and against which I want to continue to measure myself. But looking at the words already written is the fletching of the arrow. Opposite to it is the arrowhead. Pointing at the target. Pointing at the future. The choice is yours. It is exciting to find your target, to aim at it, to pull back and to release. But the flight is the real thrill. This is my version of “the journey is more important than the destination.” I like it better because flying like an arrow has got to be amazing. Maybe you are thinking “I don’t have a target because I still don’t know where I am going.” Don’t make that mistake. The arrow is always pointing in some direction and, in life, the bow is always loaded and the rope is always pulled back. Life can release your arrow anytime without notice. Even if you don’t know where you want to go, life will take you somewhere. If you don’t know where you want to go make it a priority to find out. At least make sure that your arrow points at a desirable target. Find your target. Stay true to who you are. Release and fly.