It was C. S. Lewis who wrote in one of his books (which I haven’t read but saw the quote somewhere lalalala J ) that, “Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.” And here is what I want to say about it.
It is true.
In the process of individual growth and personal quest, we embark on journeys to places that are far away from what we are or what we grew around. It is a period of encountering many different things that shape us continually till we are formed into who we are meant to be.
It is natural for a young child to be inquisitive. This is because, only this yearning can make such seek for knowledge and through that grow. At this point, I remember a certain food advertisement I watched some time ago. A little boy in there was so curious he kept asking questions.
On dipping his fingers into a cup of water, “Why is water wet?”
Just after being dropped off at school by his dad, “Daddy, why don’t you go to school?”
At the mall, after sighting a pregnant woman, “Mummy, why is her stomach so big?”
Though an advert, we see similar things play out among young ones around us and we marvel at such innocence and curiosity wrapped in an eagerness to find answers, a pure eagerness to know.
When I am asked some kind of questions by children, I try my best to explain without confusing them. Now, imagine that we as “children” in things we do not know, go searching for answers in different places, who would care if we get clarified or confused?
…and so, we often end up with incomplete or outrightly wrong answers, and God help us if we have no idea what we hold is false!
But, have peace! At the end of the day, even if we have incomplete or wrong answers to our pressing questions about life, people, ourselves and the world we live in, we will someday, as we grow in our quest, find all the right answers, one after the other, and that regardless of how far we have to travel, if we keep on yearning.
A young child that was prudently told something else by his/her parents about how a child comes to be (…one woman said when a husband and a wife love each other too much, the love will boil over and produce a baby! I wonder what kind of broth they were cooking that boiled over, hahaha), will eventually grow up to have the required sex education.
In essence “nothing is really lost” … really. Everyone in quest, who does not relent will have what they seek for; knowledge being the ultimate, for majority of quests is to know, to apprehend, to achieve an end. So, let’s bring this back to our opening quote:
“Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.”
I believe that which your heart desires most to know is that which your soul eagerly seeks and which is capable of taking you on an adventure to apprehend. And truly, this quest may take you far from the familiar, the usual, the comfortable – home. But, it will eventually lead you to where you ought to be!!!
Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. Don’t be scared to step out of what you are used to. Don’t be reluctant to take on that adventure. Towards knowledge, towards discovery, towards you! Truth is, nothing is really lost… or better still, there is more to gain than is lost.
Till next time, let me ask, have you read The Alchemist by Paul Coelho? I wonder what would have happened if the boy didn’t leave on that quest…