Many of us have not had a “conventional” journey- “conventional” being defined as the societal norm. Things just haven’t been ideal. We’ve had to work harder than we’re “supposed to”. We’ve had to go through more challenges than we’re “supposed to”. We’ve struggled more than we’re “supposed to”.
For many in the community here at The Meaning Movement, life has not taken us the way that we were told to expect.
Some in this community have wisdom from many years of such a journey. Others are just starting out.
Whoever you are, whatever your path has been – no matter how far from ideal and conventional – will you find kindness for it? Can you be grateful for the places it has taken you – for the things you have seen and experienced since you were not on the main road? Can you be grateful for the person you are becoming as a result?
The more I learn of myself and my own journey, the more I’m finding the need for kindness rather than self-deprecation. Letting yourself accept the places you have been and be grateful for the formation you’ve experienced through them is an important part of hearing your own voice and desires. By learning to be nice to yourself and the path you’ve traveled, a space opens for your future desires to occupy. You can’t hear those desires within you while you cast judgement upon yourself for the life you haven’t lived.