How Our Experiences Serve as Signposts on Our Journey Through Life

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Signposts announce the direction we should travel in order to arrive at our intended destination. In this way, signposts act as guides for us to follow along our life’s journey. These signs of the past serve as reminders of where we’ve been, so that we don’t make the same mistakes again. But, they also give us hope that we are still on the right path to reaching our goals and dreams for ourselves in the future.

We often judge one another by signposts that we all recognize. These include milestones in our lives like graduations, marriages, births, or promotions. They tell us that we’re making progress and growing. But what happens when we don’t have a milestone? When we go through life without ever having one of these defining moments? We do fine—we just continue to move forward. But, does that make our lives any less important than those who had a big event? It does not.

It’s important to pay attention to what we learn from our experiences. These lessons can be extremely valuable in helping us understand who we are and how to interact with others. They shape our future interactions and influence many of our daily decisions. But, sometimes it’s hard to know which experiences will be most influential and beneficial in helping us become better people.

Also, it’s far too common for us to let certain experiences take up too much of our attention. One of life’s great challenges is letting go. As we age, and responsibilities pile up, it gets harder to leave our troubles behind when leaving work each day. So, when you find yourself asking, “where do I go from here,” what should you do?

The best way to combat burnout and make your day more enjoyable is by taking a literal break. Get away from your office or home and take yourself someplace outside your normal routine. Doing so can do wonders for you mentally and physically; it will also provide energy and insight that you can apply later. Letting go also applies to experiences that are over or no longer important: Think about what signposts have been left along your journey so far, how they’ve helped guide you, and if any need to be removed from your path going forward.

What’s next? We all want to feel like we are moving forward in life, right? Sometimes it’s hard to see how our experiences are helping us do that. But, if you look back at what you were struggling with a year ago, two years ago, or even just a few months ago, you can start to see why your experiences were so valuable. So, while it’s important to appreciate where we are now and understand where we want to go next, remember that these two stops aren’t always part of one linear path. The important thing is that our individual journeys take us somewhere meaningful in spite of all twists and turns along the way.

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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