We Make Our Paths

Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.

Traveler, there is no path, the path must be forged as you walk.

(A poem by Antonio Machado from Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, p. 251.)

Paths ~ photo by Solveig
Paths ~ photo by Solveig

I just returned from two weeks in Panama and Costa Rica, and am thankful for adventures, and thankful for home.  I was gone long enough to be ready to come home and be happy to return.  Isn’t it a good feeling to realize that you like your life enough to want to go back to it, instead of stay in an turquoise-ocean-sandy-beach-paradise?  I’m not saying I couldn’t spend more time there, but I am saying that I’m happy enough with my life to want to return.  I know this is a blessing, and I’m grateful to feel that way.

So, my first question is this ~ Do you feel that way?  Do you crave adventure for the sake of adventure, knowing that you want to return, or are you craving adventure because life has become too dull, stressful, or rough?

I’ve experienced times while traveling when I just didn’t want to return.  I wanted to stay away, for as long as possible, to forget my reality.  I’m glad I’ve made changes in my life to feel better, but it’s important to recognize when we’re feeling that way.  That is a time when something needs to shift in our everyday lives.  That feeling is a sign, your spirit calling for change.  Sometimes, we believe we cannot change our situation, but often times there are shifts we can make (even little ones) to feel better and more alive.

I entitled this post, “We Make the Paths,” in honor of the lines from Machado’s poem, and echoing my sincere belief that we do create our paths.  Our choices, and the way we choose to perceive the world, affect our paths. If we don’t like the path we’re on, we can change it.


On another note, I don’t know about you, but I want to live life as an explorer. Whether I’m in my home, or in a far off country, I want to remember that excitement, that curiosity, that openness, that sense of adventure, that makes traveling thrilling to me. So as 2013 goes on, I commit to remembering that my path is one of adventure, whether at home or abroad.  This is one of the ways I want to walk in the world, and I invite you to walk with me.  In fact, I’d like to hear about how you do this!  Tell me your stories of living life as an adventurer and explorer.

We make our paths.


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