I love the stories my Father has shared with me over the years that led to him travelling the world many times over.
One of those reasons to expanding was the ‘forced’ path presented by his Father, my Grandfather in Cape Town.
During his adolescent years the main routes available to ‘follow’ were trades. Doing something useful with your hands.
My Grandfather wanted my Father to become a carpenter and use that trade towards boat building.
This was not a path that my Father wanted to follow and he had the courage and clarity to not ‘follow’ that.
There is a line from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu that expresses this well:
“Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place. When you handle the master carpenter’s tools, chances are that you’ll cut yourself.”
Choosing your own path can be scary and require courage.
Taking on someone else’s ‘tools’ or ‘goals’ or ‘dreams’ carries with it a risk.
An unknown path requires you to define, discover and develop.
Are you gonna fall and fail along the way. Sure!
Is it going to be scary? Sure!
Can you do it? Definitely.
You have your own worlds to travel.