The Road to Nowhere

When I was a kid my mom always told me that I was on the road to nowhere. As I got older I thought about that a lot. I imagined a dark lonely highway, quiet, deserted, with nothing as far as I could see.

Sometimes it was in the hot desert, sometimes a lonely country road in the low country of the Carolina’s.  In Time I realized all roads take us somewhere.

Sometimes the nowhere road takes us on a journey to the lonely places in our hearts where we find the truth about ourselves.

In time I found I was not traveling along the lost highways, but along the roads that always ended in places. I have seen the skyline of New York City sparkling at night. I have felt the Ocean breeze of the Carolina shore and I have learned a little about why I’m not on the road to nowhere. Perhaps it was when the road brought me home that I realized I longer was nowhere I am now here.

I left home four months before I turned 16 and traveled all over the county playing music. I walk railroad tracks and slept in Box cars. I have life experiences I will never forget. These are the life lessons that have always traveled with me. Guess I have always been an outlaw.

Point Of View:

My life may have been different had I listening to my Mom. In life you have to follow your passions for it to have meaning. Life is out there waiting to give you its answers. Maybe I should have walked a different path but what an adventure I have had.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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    • The first time I left home, I was 16 years old, I jumped on trains and rode in box cars riding from town to town. Worked cotton in Alabama, tobacco in Georgia and orange groves in Florida and a little time on shrimp boats.

  1. I always enjoy your writing. I believe that each person has different passions and some of us just aren’t settled in being in one place for too long. The road is filled with decisions to make, people to meet, adventures to have. I may have gone down a “perceived” wrong road now and then but would probably do it again so as to not miss those lessons that were learned along the way.

  2. The literature is full of information about the “ingredients” necessary for success, but above all the experience teaches that no one can be successful if they do not love their work. Being passionate is also one of the strategies for success. Usually it is said that what matters is achieving the goal, while we must understand that the ethical success, full of meaning and value, it is not just what is achieved, but also how to achieve it. And the passion is the first step to the realization of any goal, makes the impossible possible, develop the potential, creates new opportunities and opens the door to success.
    Passion, being aware of what is worth our sacrifice and our risk is the real key for anyone looking to start a business path, as well personal to the well-being. But passion alone is often not sufficient. It takes a plan, a strategy to apply the passion and make it concrete. If the passion moves us and helps not give up to cope with obstacles, the strategy keeps us on track towards our own goal, is the helm of a career, the bridge between the desire and success.

  3. Thank you for a very engaging post Larry.

    Sometime ago I was reading a book by Rev. Kofi Awuku, where in he stated that “Some roads indeed go nowhere, some roads go to anywhere and some roads go to somewhere. Those who want to go somewhere, must NEVER use the road to nowhere or anywhere, because they will not reach somewhere.”

    It needs a re-read to fully understand that statement. In order to use the time “entrusted” to each of us as we sojourn on earth, we must know what we really want and face the direction of fulfillment. If we want to do something meaningful, we need to be specific, strategic, tactical, proactive and meticulous to achieve whatever We must have priorities and commitment to purpose.

    “Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the right stuff to turn our dream into reality.” –James Womack