Updated: Aug 20
Visiting Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine, which often appears as a straight path of torii in photos, I found that it presented a small maze of paths in reality. This felt similar to navigating through life, where several paths present themselves and the right direction isn't always clear.
Throughout my life, I've taken the initiative to make significant changes, such as switching jobs, moving countries, or choosing a new partner. At times, these choices felt like an escape, and self-doubt would set in. I found myself wondering, 'Would it have been better to just stick it out?' However, I consistently chose to move on.
Recently, I've had the chance to reconnect with some old colleagues. We shared memories of past projects and the struggles we faced, including our difficulties with managing conflicts. Yet, these reflective discussions stirred up a sense of gratitude within me. They served as a reminder that each decision to move brought its own challenges but also significant growth.
Tina Turner once said, "People think my life has been tough, but I think it's been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realize it's not what happened, it's how you deal with it."
It's not about the hardships we face, but rather about the fact that we see the choices and move on.