“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” — Greg Anderson
We become so invested and focused on the destination that we often neglect the bits in the middle. The moments that really matter.
This life moves quickly, but the best parts of any journey and any experience surely are the moments between all the organisation. The getting there. The in transit moments. The not knowing.
We’re consumed with the idea of ‘something else better out there’. The truth is that most of us are never fully present in the now. Most of us are running so fast to get somewhere, we miss half the fun of getting there.
But the journey is where we learn, grow, mature, and become stronger, more awesome versions of ourselves. It is the most important part.
So instead of trying to reach our goals as quickly as possible, we need to make it a priority to enjoy the journey itself by immersing ourselves in the process, and to make the most of every opportunity.
Instead of asking, “How fast can I get through this?” we need to be asking, “How can I make the most of every single day and become a stronger, more awesome version of myself as I get closer to my goals?”
So for a second, just imagine what would happen if we embraced present moments more?
Turn off technology and switch off social media for a day. Immerse yourself in new experiences. Focus on friendships. Observe a new way of culture. Find fascinating people and learn from them. There is so much to take away from every single day.
And trust me I don’t believe “destination” to be a place. I believe destination is a feeling. It is the experience of what it feels like to deeply move, help, and contribute to the world at large.
A type of destination makes the struggle of the journey well worth it.
Originally published at medium.com