I met a friend for lunch, whose heart was heavy with conflict. He was at that dreaded forked path in life which creeps up every so often when we choose to wear blinders and not make an active choice about the direction we take and own our future. Its like the story about the guy who jumped off the building and thought to himself “so far, so good” as he was dropping because he had not hit the bottom yet. Some would argue well at least the guy dropping is positive and has a glass half-full attitude. I would point out that it does not matter whether his glass is full or empty, he has to make a decision: either change his situation or die.
For my friend, the fork was a choice between staying in Atlanta or moving out West to California. He grew up in the Southeast and Atlanta had been his home for 10+ years. He had friends/family in Atlanta, a wonderful piece of property and was comfortable with the easy going lifestyle of good weather and modest pacing. However there was an itch spreading its ugly fingers throughout his body and consciousness. It beckoned him to try his luck out West in LA, the city of angels, dirty needles and plastic eye candy in heels. Given his background was the music industry, what better destination to explore the greater depths of his potential and do something that he loved.
Now of course, I am all for changing scenery and taking chances and pursuing what you love. Go out west. Follow your bliss. Worse case scenario you can always come back to the comforts of your previous life and at least know you gave it a shot. However, I believe that the itch in my friend is a symptom of a greater calling, a bigger question. And that is, what are you gonna do with your life? How are you going to make an impact? Forks in roads are not forks at all when you decide to take a direction. They are alternate routes to the same destination provided you have a plan, a purpose. Pick your purpose, and the universe will yield…it will get out of your way like fish in a stream avoiding a bear. Step up or give up…it really is that simple.