Can you remember a time you felt pressured to do something? To make a choice, a comment, or an action? I like comparing it to the feeling of driving. When times are hard and we try to step back it can feel difficult, like driving downhill with your foot off the breaks.
Other times we drive on, seeing new sights, traveling farther away from places we were, becoming more. We easily forget we drove through wonderful times or even difficult times. In many ways, still, we keep driving along.
Through many ways, I believe anyone has a memory, a place, a skill, a trait, an item, or person that they would never abandon. It becomes the grooves on the steering wheel or the shape of the air conditioning vents or how we display time on the dash. Whatever we hold valuable is what drives us through easy or hard times.
Choice is Freedom
Ever heard of the paradox of choice? " The more options we're given, the less satisfied we become with whatever we choose because we're aware of all the other options we're potentially forfeiting." Like forks in the road, we must live with the choices we make and the burden of the freedom to make choices. Holding onto what we should never forget grounds us in these choices and makes us more confident in how we make our choices.
While we drive towards our goals by choice or by the world we learn much about what we truly care for. Maybe it was a pit stop that we took with someone, a promise that was made. Or maybe it was the solo trip that we took one day just to find ourselves in a new place.
In many ways, still, we keep driving along.