“One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.”
Do you climb the mountain to get to the top, or to see how the world looks from the peak? Is it the journey that matters or is it simply a task to be checked off the list?
How often do we achieve some dream, goal, or destination to simply mark it “complete” and then move on to the next thing? I know that I am guilty of this all too often and I that by doing so I am missing the real value of achievement; what you learn from having experienced something new and building a new set of lenses through which to view the world.
Why is this so hard to do?
Is it simply easier to numb yourself with the next new thing than it is to look internally and say “how could I have done this better?” or “what did I learn that can help me the next time?” Or perhaps it is simply that achievement has become the idol in life where the pursuit of more is the way of our modern world and this takes precedence over reflecting on what we have learned and how we have changed.
Maybe getting to the destination isn’t the goal at all. It is simply the beginning of a new journey. A journey that will be forever different because of our experiences and the lessons learned on our way to the our last destination. The next trip is different because of what we have experienced. But only if we take the time to pause and reflect on what we have seen.