It is worth it.
Written by Tribe Leader, Lucille Rogers
We were living the dream. At least it was my dream to walk the Cinque Terre in Italy. Full of hope and expectation (as you are about your dreams) we were getting closer.
The station was crowded due to cancelled trains. There was no obvious place to buy the day tickets required. People were getting frustrated. It was hot. The queues were long. Once we were on it, the train was crowded and stinky. I was starting to feel that prickly feeling when things aren’t quite going ‘as you planned’. There was nothing in my ‘script’ that said this was going to be anything less than perfect and straightforward.
The path was steep and narrow. There were plenty of places without handrails that felt more like a rock climb. I wouldn’t exactly call them steps and we were only 20mins into a two-hour walk. The heat was burning and I was breathing hard (way too much pasta on board!).
This wasn’t how it was meant to be! At this point I was starting to both sound and feel like a spoilt brat.
How many times do we have a dream or a goal with a whole set of expectations about how it will all unfold? We have a well thought out and well defined PLAN.
We kept walking – had to! No going back. Still up, still steep and still bloody hot.
I was reevaluating my dream at this point and wondering if I was barking mad to have set out with everyone to do this.
And then…. ‘that moment’ arrived!
‘That moment’, when it all opened up in front of us. The Med, the fourth village behind us and the fifth village ahead of us.
I cried. It was breathtaking beyond anything I could have dreamed of.
At that moment I knew that Mother Nature was telling me to relax. The journey will never be what you expect but the dream is always worth it.
It was then that I laughed as I recalled a #truthbomb from Danielle LaPorte in the last couple of weeks: “do the f***ing work”
In the name of our dreams, when it hurts, when it’s stretching us and we’re questioning why and what we’re doing, we have to keep going and we have to keep believing.
It is worth it. You’re worth it.
I would love to know about journeys you have taken that haven’t been exactly what you expected but it was worth it. Join the conversation in the comments.