If I hear one more person saying “its been a journey” I wont be responsible for my actions! I get it, I really do understand that folks are trying to convey some form of experience that has taken them from go-to-woe but PLEASE can we think of some other ways of saying it? The journey word is so overused it should come with a health warning as terminally boring.
Journeys Journeys everywhere and not a trip was taken
From TV cooks to school kids taking exams, its all you hear; cant folks just accept multiple events will happen?; that its life (the rich tapestry and all that.), just please please don’t give it the journey label. We breath in, we breath out, we do stuff, not every blooming thing has to be described with the ‘J’ word; to me ‘J’ has become the new ‘F’.
The assistant in the pharmacy yesterday was the straw’ that prompted this camels rant, I only went in for lozenges and came out with a headache.
She was explaining at length to her colleague why she had a small bandage on her wrist, and I was quite happy to wait until they were all ‘up to date’ with the fascinating tale of a slight sprain…..right up until she said “yes, the healing has been quite a journey”.
Well; I didn’t know I could make quite such a loud scoffing noise, but it certainly got me served quick smart, and I was off home on my own journey (sojourn, hike, wander, travel, quest…yadda yadda…..), nope, really I just went home, plain and simple. I am probably on some cranky shopper black list now but I will cope , and do so without an adjustment that indicates I took some form of a trip!
Phew, rant over
Now that I have got that off my chest (and thanks for reading/listening) I will share the other objection I have to the ‘J’ thing.
You see it indicates people are always going somewhere. Well of course we sort of are, its just that the very word perpetuates the striving to be somewhere else. The main point is that if you are always focussed on getting somewhere, you tend to forget to appreciate where you ARE.
Each moment is precious and important (even the bad ones), and many even transform us, but how many moments do you miss as you focus on getting somewhere else? You may already be AT your destination, and that destination is now….in this moment and this moment.
*Mindful to breathe in, breathe out, and be present; and if you are going on an exploration or perchance an expedition, I hope you have a wonderful time. And if you are just living your life moment to moment and savouring each one, I hope that is also splendid.