or, meditations on 'the right path'
The way that I know that I'm on the right path is that I ask my instincts, and my instincts always know. Now this sounds way easier than it is. It took me 36 years of "stopping-and-starting" and 36 years of listening to what I thought was my instincts but was something else entirely.
I think that trusting your instincts is hardest when you're in your early 20's, you're still young, haven't had much time with yourself yet, and you don't have a ton of experience to draw from.
You've got to read alot, make mistakes, and learn alot before you learn where your instincts are exactly located.
When you go to a job because you love what you accomplish each day, and not just for the thick paycheck, you've found "the right path".
I've been on a path of my own and I never really realized it until now. But slowly, slowly, the path will also disappear in the future and what's left is just living in each moment as authentically as I can. That living may look conventional on the outside but for the one standing here, it will be the one and only real way to be.
I am planning some unconventional changes in my path. Changes that really excite me. But sometimes it's easy to fall prey to other's concept of what a right path is, and question yourself if this path you're walking actually makes sense.
Thanks for this reminder that it does make sense!