- “plan and direct the route or course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transportation, especially by using instruments or maps” – Oxford Dictionary
When I was younger my Granny would always talk about how lucky my young brother and I were to not have been the oldest child; Not because our parents were more lenient with us (which was true), but because we could learn from the mistakes of our Brother. We didn’t have to go down the same paths that he went down, meaning our paths should be a little bit easier than his. If we saw him get yelled at for talking back, we should know to keep our mouth closed. If he got grounded for lying to our Grandparents about playing football, and instead biking half-way across the city to pick up a video game system, we should know to come up with a better lie. It was easier, or should be easier for us to navigate (pun intended) through childhood.
I’m not sure if my Granny was always right about that, and there are things that my brother never went through that I did, but the premise of her statement holds value.
Each one of us are on a journey somewhere, in fact, many times we are on multiple journeys, such as improving overall physique, eliminating credit card debt, and finding a new job. We have the capacity to take our body and mind (Our forms of transportation) on multiple paths and map out each destination. My question then is this: Why do so many of us do blindly what so many others before us have done?
That’s the solution I hope this blog site offers. To those trying to improve their physical physique, there’s some who’s mapped out that destination already. To the kid who’s afraid to express their sexuality because of their family’s beliefs, someone has been on that journey. To the person who’s being crushed by credit card debt, someone, somewhere has created a map for that journey.
I would like to point out something in the definition which states “especially by using instruments or maps”. The first thing that comes to mind when I see the word instruments is compass. That’s important here, because sometimes those who have been down the road we intend to go down can only “point” us in the right direction, they can’t always necessarily provide a detail map. If someone asked me how to cope with my parent’s divorce I could point them in the direction, but I can’t say for certain like I could if someone asked me about jumping higher.
So the three takeaways I leave you with are these:
- Our form of transportation is our body, and our mind. Which means you are in direct control of the destination. Some of us, including myself, for many years have operated on auto-pilot and it’s time to change course.
- No matter the destination there is someone who has gone down the same road we’re going down or considering. Always seek advice, this blog will attempt to pull together the brightest and most transparent minds but there are some subjects we may take a while to touch on.
- Lastly, if there is a subject you would like us to write about here on Navigate, feel free to contact us via the contact page and let us know.
I look forward to entering this specific journey with you guys, and as always Peace and Love!