Dazed and distracted

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Wouldn’t it nice to be able to put a hand on one’s heart, to say categorically that one hasn’t been distracted at any point on a life’s journey? Maybe there are folks out there who can claim to have been totally focused, all the time. Those of us who are not as close to perfection in our character traits will know what it feels like to lose sight of our primary motives at some point in time.

Searching for validation or a sense of belonging to groups can contribute towards this experience. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to take for granted the knowledge that there are folks somewhere who will catch them if they fall. Surprisingly, even those who have that sort of support sometimes doubt that it is actually the case.

A person sets out on a journey and sees remarkable sights or meets charismatic others on the way. One of the tricky things about life is being aware of how to be flexible enough to respond to opportunities for growth in ways that one never expected. On the other hand, it is likely that we know deep within ourselves where fulfilment lies. The challenge is to keep one’s eye on the prize, or most suitable destination.

It has been said in the past that youth is wasted on the young. This does not necessarily have to be the case. Culture, heritage and tradition can be random in the impact they have on each person’s outlook, but education can be constantly evaluated and shaped to adapt to changing times.

If as many of us as possible could commit to the challenges of lifelong learning, then perhaps we shall eventually find our ways back towards being our genuine selves.