Where the road leads…

It’s funny, the road that has brought us here and the choices guiding us to the very spot we sit.

This isn’t a unique thought, I realize; it is one many of us have circled in our minds, trying to find a way to wrap it around but it never quite does.

I am not normally one to ponder on this in particular. It is what is, love and live and make the most of now. However, as I was walking with my neighbor friend, the thought resurfaced and caused me to look back in wonder.

For instance, what if I had walked straight past the girl in the university dorm hallway, the tall blond one checking herself out in the community full-length mirror, considering her angles before calling it good and heading out to the party?

I remember thinking, How strange… who does that?

Well, people are strange, when you’re a stranger, right? It didn’t take long for us to start talking, and we became friends.

Shortly after our friendship began, she asked me to come back to her hometown; see her stomping grounds.

We went to a popular place to hang out, a wedding dance.

This is where I first saw Country Man

This is where I first realized there was just something about a country boy that I quite liked…

This is where the road whispered and change began.

Of course, I didn’t know that at the time.

South Dakota wedding

But now I see.

South Dakota wedding

Thank you, friend, for helping me along this road.


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45 thoughts on “Where the road leads…

  1. Thank you for your post. I too had such an experience…as I think everyone (100% of everyone) but people don’t like to admit these influences put on our lives by the universe. After all, had you left your dorm before you saw the tall blond girl or been assigned to a different dorm, your life path would have been different. My story is that I was on military leave in Hawaii and trying to get a free airplane ride (Space Available) to anywhere in the Pacific rim (Japan, Australia, Korea, Guam, the Phillipines). Australia was the 1st slot so I took it. I ended up meeting my wife to be on that trip. We have four children now. 🙂

  2. It’s mind blowing to look back at the places you were “led” and know why each stop along the way was significant. To realize now why you were at a certain point or place in your life when you were there. Granted, you’re right, some things we can’t know. All we CAN know is that there was a purpose for it and maybe we’ll figure out it somewhere along the continuing journey. Until then, we can enjoy the people that we’ve come to know and love during our travels. And, really, who knows, maybe that was the whole point, anyway. =)

  3. This, as always, made me smile, then turn to look at my own life for moments when the road whispers…. I am glad you had this experience. I am also glad you are sharing this journey with us. Thank you.

  4. I think about this type of quite often…. there have been so many times throughout my life where I’ve made one small decision that changed everything.

    I took the road less traveled by, and it has made all the difference…..

  5. What a lovely sentiment. I believe that all of our experiences come into our lives to teach us something and it’s our job to figure out what that is an learn from it. Sometimes it’s not as obvious why you end up going down a certain road and it may take a long time to understand.

  6. I just had to read that about five times. It brought back memories of a path that began, meandered for while, ultimately ran out, to be continued by other paths. Ah, but while it was there, the universe sang in ways loud and strong. Your writing is a joy. Always.

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