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The Taken Path

November 6, 2008
By Anonymous

As straight as my steps may seem; this life is a maze. It revolves around a series of influence, choices, direction, instinct and perspective. Before you’re 18, you don’t realize the decisions you make; every step you take, defines the very path your life will lead. These stages of life have been guided and protected. Sometimes these paths are walked for you, but not me. Often times these choices have lead me down a path that requires the same path to depart from, and retracing my steps was inevitable. In making the wrong decisions, being deceived and fooled, you have to find your way back out; making the departure more difficult than the adventure perceived. When this path presents itself as a delta, canalling off with incredible alternatives, all doors are open and you will know someone intended this path for you and you alone. That is when the call you heard was the call you answered. For it is the right way, green lights and nothing can set you back at this point but yourself. The choices you make here on out last for a lifetime.

Believe it or not this path begins as you leave the comfort of the womb, and it is the significance of this moment that protects the path of this individual, knowing there is so much to lose when a new path begins. Throughout my life, many of these alternate routes have been crying for my attention. Many have been expelled from my presence and some were bright when in truth their darkness consumed me. I can honestly say I retraced these steps numerous times, finding myself trapped in the jaws of deceit, cruelty, vane and suffering; But 10 times out of 10, the light I found. I pried myself from the grasp of the insufferable, and came home to the place where my true intentions lie. Possibilities alone on those journeys are zero to none. Because of the people God placed in my life, I was able to defeat the odds, and come back with confidence, wisdom, strength, and courage. Without these trials, my life would not be a success, and the paths that are presented in my daily life would have the advantage on me, and my vulnerability could not come to terms with who I am.

The path that embraces me with grace and open arms is the heart of my existence here today. Because of the treacherous, winding path that shielded my eyes from light, seeing nothing but shadow, this path I now walk with faith envisions an unstoppable potential that calls my name and mine alone. I can see the wind blowing the tall strands of creation along an open field, touching mystery and solution on a mind-blowing level. This is what I see, this is where I have been, this is what I have become, and like me… you will see the destination when you have arrived.

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This article has 11 comments.

mikey123 said...
on Aug. 8 2011 at 5:14 pm
this essay really sucked.  He didn't actually say anything at all.  it sounds to me like a whole lot of bs that he made up so he could use big words.  look for substance people

Sean2340 said...
on Nov. 28 2010 at 3:41 pm
Beautiful essay

Jon Heil said...
on Nov. 28 2008 at 3:25 am
Nice work Thomas, you are pretty awesome at your writing :D

Cat1229 said...
on Nov. 19 2008 at 6:08 pm
Kid, I love you. You have an incredible gift of insight into life and it's evident by your path. Keep your head up, and keep moving!

gsm said...
on Nov. 13 2008 at 8:34 pm
We all make mistakes. Only the successful learn from them! Well said, Thomas M.

grandbarry said...
on Nov. 12 2008 at 9:27 pm
This is a grand essay, but you are still on "the path." Don't forget that. I believe that with your maturity, your path will paved with many more blessings.

yes123 said...
on Nov. 12 2008 at 12:03 am

dancer9 said...
on Nov. 11 2008 at 7:36 pm
Very thoughtful and insightful -- great awareness for a teenager --- he has miles to go, but his footing appears to be solid.

chmm said...
on Nov. 11 2008 at 2:15 pm
WOW! The depth of your thinking and the symbolism you use are awesome! I have to say, similar to studying a great work of art, the reader of your essay will pick up previously unseen nuances with each reading. Rather than getting bored with subsequent readings, the reader participates in this journey with you, reflecting on their own journey, and relates on a deep core level of thier being. PLEASE don't stop writing! Your insight is a gift and you have a talent for crafting a story!

Amanda said...
on Nov. 11 2008 at 2:05 am
I think this author speaks for every teenager. He is a great writer and he should pursue his writing career and write a book. I love his ideas. GREAT JOB THOMAS!

Ginaa676 said...
on Nov. 11 2008 at 1:43 am
i think this essay is the coolest and it deserves to be printed on a plaque and hung on a wall.