Life isn’t a straight line from the cradle to the grave. It’s a series of curves, some are gentle, the curve is so gradual you don’t even notice it. The kind of curve you don’t notice until you look back and can’t see where you were before. The curve of education, learning a little more every day. Processing new facts and developing as a person with new ideas of how to be.
Then there are closed curves. The kind that have you going around in circles and always ending up in the same place. They can be a pretty big circle, a figure of eight, an irregular shape. You might not realize it for a few laps as you don’t always notice all the scenery. Eventually you catch on but whether you take a detour to a new and better road or just keep looping in the hope the road changes so you don’t have to.. well that’s up to you.
Then there are the hairpin curves. The ones where life launches you to the edge of a precipice and it’s only by the grace of God that you cling on and make it round the bend. Those curves are unavoidable. They can sneak up at any time. There aren’t warning signs a mile ahead. You can navigate them but you need a safety belt of good friends at your back. You need a map of morals and high quality integrity tires to keep you on track. The only good thing about hairpin curves is after you survive the first, you know how to survive the rest. They’re still hard – but you now know they’re survivable.
There’s no way to avoid curves in Life’s journey. There’s no way to predict what ones you’ll reach and when. As with everything, hindsight is 20/20 but you can have the foresight to maybe avoid some future rocky roads.
This was written in response to the Discover Prompt: Curve.
The photo is my own. Taken between Kerry and Cork in Ireland.