Apr 112018

Today is brought to you by the letter J in the A to Z Challenge and the word had to be “Journey”. No, not the band though they are amazing, too –

Journey is defined as “an act of traveling from one place to another” but it’s more than that. A lifelong journey consists of becoming true to yourself and diving deep to find out who you really are. It’s often said that the journey is more important than the destination and in many ways I do believe that as the journey makes you stronger, more aware and insightful, ensuring you see important sights and adjusting your path along the way.

As Journey says in the video I shared for this post – it’s important not to stop believing in whatever journey you’re on even if the destination always seems so far away.

My personal journey started in a foster home but as a “real” child and I was always so confused by that beginning. While trying to blend in and be just like all of my foster siblings I was told repeatedly that I was special because I didn’t have it rough, living with my parents, and being treated better as a result. I certainly didn’t see it that way and struggled to see myself through everyone else’s eyes, so much so I found it difficult to see my own place through my own eyes.

I started to write then, putting down on paper the darkness and muddled thoughts I struggled with hoping that in doing so I could find some clarity and bring forth my light. Poetry was my first addiction, then I expanded into short stories and growing into a career filled with writing opportunities of all kinds.

We are all on our own journeys and each one is right in many ways, it’s unique and special to each one of us and , while we do our best to blend in and stay off the radar sometimes it is best to stand up and out, being creative and amazing on our own path.

We all need to come together and light the paths of each other while we navigate this crazy world.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

author of Through the Eyes of a Teenager, Life Imitated, Being Grateful, Being Thankful and more

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