Do you have to know where you are before you know where you’re going? Maybe. Sounds logical. But, in life it can be a challenge knowing exactly where you are. This is why I believe having a great support group of friends and family in your immediate circle is vital. People who have your best interests in mind.
This close knit group can help you gauge where you are – but more importantly support you as you move forward in the direction you intend to go. Sometimes knowing the where you are headed can be more crucial than exactly where you are in the moment. Because life is fluid. Because you are always evolving, you will soon pass through the current phase onto bigger and better things. Where is that?
A crude metaphor: When exercising on a run or swimming laps or whatever it may be, we may get lost in the miles. How far have I gone? How many more laps? What seems to me to be more important is the fact that you are out there doing it. Putting in the work. You will get back to your finish line all in due time. Just keep running. Continue swimming. Push through.
It reminds me of a story about a kid who was around 16-17 years old. I believe he had down syndrome and he was going to run a race with his family. There were two races that started at the same time: one was a 5k (3 miles) and the other was a marathon. Somehow he got split up with his family and onto the wrong course -running in the marathon. He ended up running the entire race without any prior training and crossed the finish line. After he got reunited with his family, they asked him why didn’t you stop? His response was, “I knew if I just kept running, I would eventually end up at the finish line.”