Where will the journey take you?
I’ve talked a lot lately about the path I’m currently on, speculating about where it’s leading and what it will entail, yet I wonder if I’m on a “path” at all. There have been plenty of people before me that have suggested time is like a river, always moving and flowing downhill, but reflecting on what I’ve learned from whitewater I find myself realizing what all of this could mean for me.
There’s a joke we make every year with new guides that anyone can do it because eventually we all end up at the bottom, it’s just about how you get there that determines if you’re “good” or not. The lesson is in decision making, minimizing hesitation and learning to move with the consequences, and it’s only now that I realize this is what I need to embrace.
On the water, our journeys may follow very similar routes, but our trips are never the same. The ability to make adjustments on the fly, to move with confidence and to mitigate the consequences of poor decisions, that’s what makes a good guide; that’s the truth I’m finding off the water.
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