I�ve always viewed life as a serious of intertwining roads, crossing back and forth with each other � sometimes as overpasses, sometimes as intersections, and sometimes as high speed on ramps.
The choices that we make in life force us to take exits, detours, and paths that lead to dead end streets. Eventually, we wind our way back and continue down the road that we have chosen. Sometimes we find ourselves back upon familiar territory � facing decisions that we have made before. And sometimes we make different decisions.
A woman I once dated would speak at times of parallel universes � that somewhere out there, all of her choices had split things into different worlds. One world where you made the other choice and lived on � another world, the present, where you lived on with the choice that you had made. At times, your dreams or other moments would give you a glimpse into that world that never was � all because of a choice that you had made.
A chance thought a few days ago led me to play some music and my mind wandered off into one of those moments where I saw my past in a different way � life had come across one of those intertwined roads that leads you back to a intersection that you had seen once before � this time, I took the other path, and saw a future/past that is quite different than what I live today. Some discussions followed with others from my distant past and that made things all the more vivid.
One of my favorite authors is Richard Bach � he posed a question once in one of his books:
I died to become the person that I am today.
Was it worth it?
I firmly believe that the choices I have made in my life that have led me to where I am today � to the person that I am today � were the choices that I was intended to take.
Don�t get me wrong, I�m incredibly happy with who I am and my station in life. I have few regrets.
But I�ll always wonder if it was worth it.