A Story: The Traveler
Home at Last
It has been a long trip, bringing much to consider, of the life once lived and a new beginning around the corner. As the days have passed, and the final destination draws near, the traveler finds solace in knowing he has chosen to persevere through the challenges left behind. There is a strong inclination to let go of all thoughts of the past, focusing on the road ahead being in each moment leaving no thread.
Each sunrise and sunset remind him of the passage of no time, just the quiet hum of his engine and the highways of each town. Just as a movie, scenes blurring at times, a journey into the future unknown yet feels familiar. Although he should be somewhat unsure, with no plans or agenda, the traveler is following intuition as his guide. He’s seen throughout his life many images and visions, piecing them together to get a bigger picture. As he transitioned from youth to adult, each year brought new knowledge and understanding. The traveler logged in his memory all that was presented, a story unfolding, unrelenting and penetrating.
He has been a renegade of sorts, beats to his own drum, but always aware of others and their path. As a knight with his armor, he carries a sword of honor that represents leadership, power, justice, and dignity. He envisions a future filled with experiences that bring joy, for happiness is important to the traveler. Knowing life is but a short trip from wherever we come from, he has spent years ensuring each moment is lived to the fullest. Sometimes stretching the limits of what can be achieved, trying new things and expecting nothing less than success.
As he ponders the last legs of his life journey, the traveler is excited about the possibilities. The tug he has felt since his teenage years and the magnetic pull towards something bigger than himself and someone he has yet to meet, allows him to be at peace with the choice he has made.
Finally, there are mountains ahead, ones that will lead him to the home he will now have. Chills run through his body, and the hairs stand up on his arms. He feels all the pieces of the unfinished puzzle are now snapping into place. There is a sense of calm, certainty and acceptance.
The traveler’s bike smoothly rounds the corners of the winding road up the mountainside. As he crests the top and begins the downward trip, a vision pops in his mind. He sees a landscape lush with green grass, water nearby and a woman who appears to be patiently waiting. There is an instant feeling of connection, like cogs in a wheel. All memories of past, present, and future rush to his senses and explode into a splash of deep feelings, making him a little dizzy. He shakes it off, comes back to now and sets his sights on the few miles left.
When he reaches the bottom of the mountain and heads to the other side of town, the traveler breathes in the air. As he exhales, his body fully relaxes and is as one with the bike, the road, and the natural surroundings. The town is small, so it does not take long before he is on the outskirts. Not knowing exactly where he is, the traveler uses his instincts and comes upon the real version of his vision. Standing in the light of a setting sun, creating a glow around a woman with long silky hair, her back to him. He slows down the bike, taking in the scenery, and with a final revving of the engine, comes to a stop. She turns to face him, their eyes lock, the traveler now knows he is home at last.
We are all travelers in the game of life. Paying attention to what comes to us throughout our lives, can bring us to a place unknown, yet we have an awareness of its familiarity. Our experiences shape our future, which we have the ability to direct.
When we follow our internal guidance, with the assistance of both the unseen and others who cross our path, we can live a life full of joy. It sometimes can be challenging, but with perseverance and determination, anything can be achieved. Feeling a pull is a sign, perhaps for a lesson to learn or a direction to take yourself. Some may believe in destiny; others believe things just happen. Either way, letting go of resistance, allows us to follow the magnetic pull.