Hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams. — S.A. Sachs

You’ve wanted this forever, and it eludes attainability. Your mouth waters at the thought. You’ve tasted the sweet delectable fruit of devouring success that will bring life, excellence, and push you forward to dominate the next level. It motivates every interaction.

You interview day-in-and-day-out in every way that matters and it’s almost within reach.

You wanted it so badly that it encompasses every interaction.

You reach for the brass ring and it’s yours for the taking.

It is not enough to reach for the brass ring. You must also enjoy the merry go round. — Julie Andrews

Suddenly the merry-go-round lurches ahead and you’re not in the place you thought you were. The perspective is different. The thing you’ve chased suddenly leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Maybe you never should have chased it in the first place.

What do you do now?

Enjoy the journey.

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the road and accommodations. — Oliver Goldsmith

The journey teaches things:

  • Develops grit
  • Builds character
  • Offers resilience

Reflect

When you pursue something passionately you’ve stretched yourself to grow, conquer, and accomplish something you never thought possible. Your passion doesn’t have to change, but if it has been misdirected it’s time to realign priorities and goals with what matters.

Reflect on what you’ve learned.

Take with you the skills that need to go to the next level and leave the baggage in the boot.

Travel

You have a new destination. So what if it’s not the one you envisioned. It’s probably better.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new — Albert Einstein

It’s time to travel to a new destination.

We connect over our shared struggle.

The journey of life is a struggle, and it’s okay to struggle, change, and grow.

You could be two left turns away from making all the difference. — Joseph Michael

Stronger

You are a healthier, stronger, more balanced person. You’ve developed a fire in your belly and dirt under your fingernails.

You have grit.

You are better than you were yesterday because you adapt, learn, and grow.

Cover the world with your special signature sauce.

It might have rained on the journey, but there’s a rainbow shining through.

The treasure is in the lessons learned along the way.

“I didn’t want a story — a beginning. Not anymore. I have long ago stopped walking on a road where my dreams walk around. I change my destination a hundred times if I ever see an old wish of mine standing there in its real form. I don’t know them. I don’t want to. They too must not know me. They too must not recognise me as their owner.” 
Khadija Rupa

The only consistency is change, a metamorphosis into something new.