Unanswered Questions

I was thinking about certain moments in my life that I felt like time stood still. It was like I was on dormant mode, and I was just waiting on something to happen for me. Currently, there has been a lot going on and it prompted me to think about what the difference was back then.

When you think about taking steps in your journey, these steps are like unanswered questions. But sometimes, these steps are only thought of, and they are left to eventually fade away. In the past, it was scary to take certain steps when I was doing just fine getting by. However, just getting by always kept me wondering. I wondered, “What would the outcome be if I did this? I wonder what would happen if I were to fail? I wonder what would happen if things didn’t go according to plan?” These questions truly never go away. We all face them in different endeavors that we dream of, are planning on, or are currently embarking. But when I think about these questions now, there’s a sense of joy that comes upon me because the chase for the answers in our journey never ceases. So, we might as well step out of our thoughts and seek the answers to these questions.

There was something about things not going my way, how I envisioned or how it was most convenient for me that scared me into not taking the steps I needed to. I don’t know about you, but I used to think that a bad outcome was a dead end with no way out. Although it can be true that we may have to accept an outcome as a dead end, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of our journey. We can turn away from that dead end and continue to seek, even if it means walking back to where we came from—we can forge a new path on our way back. How? With the answers. Every time we take steps it’s like we are asking a question, like the questions from before (not in any order of chronological importance):

Step one: “I wonder what the outcome would be if I did this?”

Step two: “I wonder what would happen if I were to fail?”

Step three: “I wonder what would happen if things didn’t go according to plan?”

When you take steps and receive or arrive at the outcome, even if it’s not what you envisioned or planned for, that is still your answer. When you’ve got the answers from your circumstances or plans, you now have a new set of questions to answer for yourself. Those could sound something like, “If I failed, how can I pick myself back up? If the outcome wasn’t very much for me, was there anything I gleaned along the way that I found interesting? If the outcome was fulfilling, am I willing to pay the price to continue this endeavor?”

The direction of your journey now pends on what you do with the answers you have. This is why there is a sense of joy that comes upon me when I think about the unanswered questions, even now in my current endeavors. It’s because you don’t have to have it all figured out to figure it out. You just have to be willing to figure things out. It’s okay if you feel like you’re still seeking; this is your life, and you shouldn’t have to settle. So, don’t ignore your potential—that is the light within you seeking its way out. However, I’ve learned that there is a price to pay for it all in life. There is a price to pay if you choose to settle, and there is also a price to pay on the most fulfilling of journeys; we can spend time staring at the dead ends, or we can utilize time to turn around and pave a new road elsewhere. They say to add life to your days, not days to your life. When you are faced with choices or circumstances, pose yourself the question, “Am I adding life to my day or am I worried about hanging on for another day?” Your decision and/or reinforcement enables your progress. 


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