“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds”Edward Abbey

They say the top of the world is a lonely place. They also say it’s a dangerous place to be, mostly because, even though the view is amazing, you can’t really see how high you’ve climbed.

But maybe it’s all an illusion. Maybe we never reach the top, we just think we do. Maybe life’s just a road, and there are no destinations: an endless journey towards an imaginary destination. When it’s good, when it feels good, we’re on top; the world is ours. When it’s bad, really bad, we’ve reached rock bottom. And we want to go up, where nothing can hurt us anymore.

Let me ask you a simple question: the easy way or the hard way? The shortcut or that crooked, winding, lonesome, and dangerous trail? The struggle or the victory? What makes you really happy?

11 thoughts on “Trails

  1. To me personally, if you wanna go hard, take the hard way. But if you prefer to be a wise king, the easy way won’t always be the wisest choice.

    After the struggle, there is victory. And happiness… I shall let each of us define it.

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    • Ummmm. What does that mean?
      Does that mean you have no “inner you” that is stable and sound? Do you just float, down the river with no care about the shore, rapids or rocks?

      If so, please share HOW you live that way.


      • My answer was in response to Christian’s last paragraph. Now when I can feel most happy is when the choice I make, or rather take, feels like it’s because I WANT to not because I’ve been pressured by another being to make it. And because for so long it seemed that too many things were out of my control. My response is more about feeling like I have freedom whether that be on an ardous road, or any other scenario Cristian mentioned. All paths are challenges, in one form or another, but having gone through the hardest one, giving up my freedom and getting it back, that’s happiness now having a choice to pursue whichever way to go.


        • Thanks Susi. I really liked that response. It helps me to process.

          You said a keyword ‘control’.

          I am not picking on this word, nor am I arguing with you. But I find, an unexplainable peace,
          Only when I make a conscious decision, that I can’t control anything. I try and make this decision multiple times a day.
          I replace ‘the desire to control’ with a new desire.
          The desire to help others, first….


  2. It’s not that there’s any right way. How do we know what makes us happy until we try them all. Life’s a big adventure and no one knows what’s around the next corner. But here’s looking forward to it.

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  3. The easy way or the hard way? By preference, the hard way, though not when I’m washing clothes or getting money out of a cash machine. The struggle or the victory? That’s a different question. Both. An easy victory is satisfying only to a sadist. A struggle without victory is depressing when the failure becomes clear.


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