Have you ever been lost?
Between me and you, I’m always lost. I’m the LAST person you want to get directions from or to be stuck in the car with if the GPS is buffering. I apologize to anyone who has experienced this first-hand…yes, babe I’m talking to you.
I do my very best to memorize the shortest and easiest way to navigate from point A to point B and I panic when people give me bullshit directions like, “You need directions? Sure! It’s right off of 37th Ave and Madison.” I may be smiling on the outside, but my broken internal compass is screaming!
I’m sorry….come again?
I’m 100% dependent on iPhone maps, Google maps, MapQuest….basically anything that involves the word map. Luckily though, for my fellow directionally disabled out there, we live in a world of voice-activated sassy pants like Siri and Alexa who do all of the thinking for us. Hell, pretty soon they’ll be driving for us.
But sometimes I wish that navigating through life was as simple as punching in an address that populates results that show the route with the least traffic, fewest stop signs, and shortcut to the nearest McDonald’s.
You know, I’m a total sucker for those golden arches.
In the face of a crossroad or a challenging situation, I fantasize about the ability to search “What do I do in this situation?” or “Where do I go now?” into one of our 21st century digital masterminds.
I’ve been thinking about making a considerably important decision lately and I’m feeling pretty lost — similarly to how I feel literally any time I try to leave the premises of my apartment complex.
Decision-making feels a lot like taking, following, and understanding directions (and I suck at all of it). So as I’m faced with this decision I’m wishing that I could reach for my GPS. Instead, I thought of a lighthouse.
0-100 real quick.
I know, it’s a bit of a stretch but in this particular moment, and any life-changing moment really, I often try to seek guidance — answers to the questions that keep me up at night and the solutions to the problems that make me consider what I’m really made of.
A quick Wikipedia search will tell you that a lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light to serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways. Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, and safe entries to harbors; they also assist in aerial navigation.
Just as travelers seek the light among the darkness, I am searching for my soul’s guide to help me see through the confusion and make the next stride in my life.
I’m searching for my lighthouse.
My waters are strong and crashing, throwing me into hazards and potential danger. But this light will guide me to the calm, shallow waves that will lead me to shore.
Okay, enough with the fortune cookie talk.
The next few weeks will be the story that I tell for years to come — a turning point in my journey (which freaks me out a little). I’ve always been the play-it-safe kind of gal. But I trust that my inner lighthouse will guide me to the best decision and choices that follow.
Although I’m feel like I’m driving blindfolded without my trusted Siri navigation, for once, I feel like I’m going to find my way.
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