This is another picture I took on my trip to the beautiful Starved Rock State Park in mid-October. As a matter of fact, it was the last one I took that day, and by the looks of things, the most meaningful as well.
I know what you’re thinking, “It’s just a dirt path. What could possibly be meaningful about that?” Actually, quite a bit. For starters, it’s a pretty cool scene. The path is nestled between a number of trees and brush, as are the majority of the paths in the Starved Rock landscape. The opening at the end is a direct view of the Illinois River, but you cannot see where the path goes beyond that. In your mind you think, “This can’t be the end”, but there’s no possible way to know that unless you keep walking and find out for yourself.
So where am I going with this? How could venturing off into the unknown relate to life at all? Well, it just so happens that life is all about the unknown. It is a journey with many stops and no pre-determined ending as far as we know. We just have to do our best to trust that things will work out exactly how they’re supposed to and that we’re heading in the right direction.
Worrying will get you nowhere. Thinking you can navigate this path alone is a big mistake. Your best options are to control what little you can, ask for guidance, and do your best to leave your mark. Leave this strange, confusing place better than you found it. If you do these things, you will know doubt have a memorable and fulfilling journey through life and will be better off because of it.
The unknown is a scary place, but embracing it is necessary to a fulfilling journey.