Finally, it’s the weekend! You made plans to jam pack the two days of the week where you get to put aside your 9-5. You hop in the car and enter a destination into the GPS. Off you go, following the step by step commands of the GPS, as you enter and exit the highway. The only thing you focus on is how much time you have left before you reach your final stop.
In our everyday lives, we often mirror this same approach. We set a goal and only adhere to the prompts that lead us to our desired destination. With our final destination as our only focus, we forget about the amazing things we pass along the way. When you make a goal to find a new job, this becomes your new final destination. However, along the way, it becomes easy to ignore everything else that happens in life. You forget about how well you did on a presentation or the new friend you made networking through an after-work function. Instead, you observe all of this as traffic, delaying the time it takes for you to get to your final destination.
It is essential to take time out and admire accomplishments and other eye-opening moments that you may encounter along the way. Do you ever find yourself in GPS mode, where you are only focusing on the final destination? If so, here is my challenge to you:
Look left, then look right as you drive along the highway of life. Slow down and observe all your route has to offer as you head towards your final destination. This small but impactful change will make the journey enjoyable and reaching your final destination worthwhile.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” ~ Eddie Canto
Written by Jhanelle Peters, Student Therapist at PITC