The Journey vs the Destination

Hi everyone!

Sending so much love this week. I wanted to talk a little bit about the journey vs the destination this week. I know that we all have a place we want to end up! Your goals and dreams are beautifully important and I hope you pursue them every day.

Something I think about a lot is the wonders of being in the present at the same time as planning for your future. The idea of being in the now is so incredible—to dig your feet into the ground and be in the exact millisecond of a moment we are in is a true happiness and presence we all need.

We only have each moment, and I think we forget that life is a string of “now’s.”

When you tie that into the future, I think it’s important to realize that the goals of the future are the result of all the now decisions we make. For me, my dream is my intention. And, I plan short goals that are more present-focused to get there. But the reason I say that my dream is my intention is because the “big goal” always changes. You get older, you experience new things, and the thing you want is always evolving. We never really know what the “big thing” is until we have many experiences that shift us there.

So for me, I am all about enjoying this beautiful journey. How can I breathe into this moment even more? How can I create goals that are for my current needs? For example, when is my next test, and how can I plan day to day with that? For a bigger goal, for example, getting a job after college, I can work on my grades, getting internships, and all the other micro goals that will lead me there.

And then there’s my destination of life. I don’t know what that is yet, but I know it is going to be fulfilling. I don’t think we fully “arrive” anywhere, but I do think I will get to a place with my career and life where it feels like things are more “together” and right for me than they are now. So to me, my big dream is to travel, speak, and write to help others and share stories. I don’t know what that looks like, but all I know is that if I express myself in the way I need to at the moment, I will get there.

For me, that’s doing my podcast, this blog, and writing my poem book. But it is also being spontaneous and trying new things: dance, a new meditation, a yoga class, a new food place. What about the next adventure? What feeds my heart today?

Don’t get so caught up in the future that you forget that the now is all you have. The journey is the messy backtracking, growth, pain, and beauty that all meshes together to create who you are and what your purpose is here on Earth. The beautiful purpose of YOU!

Focus on the series of “nows” and don’t ever quiet the dream in your heart. One step at a time, they say.

Step.

XX, Mads

Madison Brandt