Getting Our Way

“I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.”

Douglas Adams

I’ve also wanted a Jeep Wrangler. Growing up, my dad always had one type of jeep or another. (He had trucks too, but that was before my time.) We would ride around with the top off, with the wind whipping us around. I had a beat-up old blue Cherokee jeep in high school. It wasn’t bad, but my speakers and the sound system was messed up, so I never quite enjoyed it. About five years ago and got a new black two-door Jeep Wrangler. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles—but it does have a good set of speakers and Bluetooth 🙌.

But…

But I have a neck / pinched nerve injury that makes me hate driving it. Every bump or raise in the road might as well be a mountain or a stick of dynamite. My fiancée calls it a bouncy castle 🤣. I love it, but it’s not compatible with my current self and eventually, I’ll likely sell it.

Getting our way doesn’t always work out in our favor. Sometimes the thing you want isn’t actually what you need. Sometimes it’s exactly what you need, but then things change and your needs change too. Anyone who owns a sports car and has kids will tell you that — goodbye 0 to 60 mph, hello mini-van.

Not everything we want is what we need.

Take sweets, as a small example. I could pound a whole cheesecake right now if there was one in front of me (luckily there isn’t), but if I did that I would feel sick, bloated, and achy from the inflammation.

This post is really about getting to know yourself deeply. When you know yourself you have a better chance of ignoring or looking past the immediate wants and needs and seeing the deeper needs and desires.

Things like —
What motivates you?
What gets you up in the morning?
What dreams you have?
What would you do if money wasn’t a factor?
Who do you want to be?

When you look past the surface of who you are, you’ll see a much bigger picture of what you are and your potential.

Your life is bigger than you think. Life tends to grow as time goes on (—or maybe we are the ones growing). Try not to be so rigid while you are going full-steam ahead towards your dreams. Leave space for spontaneous possibilities.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #967

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