Walkabout Chronicles

Journeys through life from the road less traveled.

Walkabout Chronicles

Journeys through life from the road less traveled.

Walkabout Chronicles

Journeys through life from the road less traveled.

Walkabout Chronicles

Journeys through life from the road less traveled.

Walkabout Chronicles

Journeys through life from the road less traveled.

Navigating

Navigating

An affirmation from a dear friend:

“I own the power to detach and peacefully choose a course of action that is right for me. I can detach from the expectations and wants of others. I can stop pleasing other people and start pleasing myself. I believe in my ability to unlock the way and set myself free.”

What an incredibly difficult affirmation to follow.

So often we are guided into paths, locations, events, and activities at the behest of others. These individuals or organizations pull us in with a sense of obligation or committment to a greater cause. Perhaps even outright applications of guilt and ridicule cause us to change our path.

In many of those cases the participation requires that we let go of our own wants and desires. They cause us to follow a different path than we had intended. We might even end up doing things that just don’t feel right in our hearts or minds. But we are doing what we are told is the right thing. We end up being trapped by someone else’s expectations. And yet we dutifully follow along regardless of the impact to ourselves and our sense of well being.

I’m certainly not saying that all of these things are bad. There are countless changes in our course through this world that ultimately lead to something wonderful and maybe even deliver positive change in our lives forever. Those types of change are what Walkabout Chronicles tries to be all about. I try to document those things with my photography and occasional writing. Those things are good and should be pursued.

The point of the affirmation, however, is that we need to give careful consideration to those requests of us. Rather than just being in agreement, we should first consider how those requests might impact our freedom; how they might be nothing more than committments to the expectations of others rather than to our preferred path through the world. It is too easy to say “yes” when to be true to ourselves the answer should be the exact opposite.

I feel as though I have several of those circumstances currently impacting my world. Some of them are fine. I live, for example, in a place full of snow and cold which is absolutely not my preference. And while there are unlimited places I could roam to avoid this white blight, I have chosen to be here; near my wonderful family and friends, near some of the most beautiful places on earth.

But the time has come to start examining more of these situations and circumstances in my life. They need to be measured against what I want to be and become, measured against the things that I want to see and do. I’ve let that practice of examination slip away through conformity, agreement, and laziness. I can only imagine that making new choices will reveal a remakable sense of freedom, confidence, and accomplishment.

Steven

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