I’ve had many interesting conversations throughout my life, some of them with people like myself, and others with people that look, talk, and believe differently than I do. You know what I’ve figured out at this point in time? We’re all essentially the same beneath everything we build up to describe who we are. In essence, we’re the same on the inside, but on the outside, where we strive for individuality, we make twisting pathways and roads toward the same star while convincing ourselves that our path is the right path, for us or anyone else.
Some of us are smart enough to avoid stating that this is the only path, that it’s the only road that’s needed to reach that final goal that we all seek. And then some of us take it a step further and realize that the goal might be the same thing, but the horizon we walk toward to reach it will change from one point to another as we keep pushing forward. Those that refuse to move forward are often those that some folks will pity or look upon in disgust or disappointment, since they’ve given up on the horizon and just want to focus on their patch of dirt, their place in the world. Some might even want to bury themselves in that spot and admit that they can’t move on.
My opinion of such folks is simple: you do what you feel is necessary. I don’t have a lot of respect for those that are willing to give up and pack it in, but I don’t hate them. I don’t pity them, and I don’t care one way or another. You make choices in this life, and if walking forward to meet that next horizon, perhaps to see if your goal is just beyond it, has been one of the driving forces of my life. It still is, but after meeting Jarrod Greyeyes, I’ve gained a little more insight as to the goal, and shifting horizons that we continue to travel toward.
I suppose now would be a good time to introduce Greyeyes into this story, since the middle-aged scout changed my way of thinking just enough to make me realize what I hadn’t been seeing. I’d even wager it’s something that a lot of people haven’t seen, or don’t want to see.
(to be continued)