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Photo by Himesh Kumar Behera on Unsplash
Photo by Himesh Kumar Behera on Unsplash

You start on some paths with absolute certainty that this is where you’re supposed to be.

But then you hit a few bumps, and your perspective starts shifting.

Is it shifting because the bumps have made it more challenging? Or is it shifting because the bumps were there to make you see it differently than how you saw it when you started?

There’s really no blanket answer to this question. Is it simply just hard and we’re called to persevere—or—are we being called to redirect our steps? Is the call to shift paths to one that is more fulfilling and in line with our hearts? But what if we thought that this path we’re currently on was in line with the fulfillment of our hearts? How then, can this current path be wrong?

It was never wrong.

If we’re to change paths, then this current path was meant only for clarity. Clarity to see that this isn’t the right path and that another would be better.

But what if that current path is a job you’ve worked in for 20 years... isn’t it too late to change?

Change is never easy and you don’t need me to tell you that. But when was easy ever the best route to take? Never. It’s always the twisting, turning, treacherous path that leads to dreams. It’s never a simple laid out, straight shot to the top. I really fucking wish that it was. But it’s not.

So, what do we do when we realize the path we’re on is the wrong path?

Well, first we have to determine if it’s the challenge pushing us away or a sincere calling to redirection. The easiest way to know the difference is that even though it’s challenging, we’re still enjoying it. If that’s the case, it’s simply just challenging and the call is to persevere. If it’s challenging and void of any joy or peace whatsoever... redirection is the call.

It’s important to spend some honest time with ourselves to know the difference. Otherwise, we’re just quitters. The key is not to quit when it’s challenging—the key is to quit when it’s changing you into something you don’t want to be. Especially if that something is a miserable asshole. Not the best thing to strive for and if you feel you’re achieving the daily tasks of becoming more miserable and more asshole, then that path is way wrong.

The right path will bring light—a lightness to your heart and soul. Not a heaviness as if you’re being pulled into the deepest depths of hell with every day that passes.

It really is as simple as if you feel that what you're doing every day is dragging you into Hell—do something else.

Quit the thing bringing you the most misery and live for the thing that will bring you the most joy.

It really is as simple as it sounds.


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