de·tour
ˈdēˌto͝or/
noun
1. a long or roundabout route taken to avoid something or to visit somewhere along the way.
Sometimes, we need to be thrown off track in order to be put back on track. I tried to create my own journey, but I was already prescribed a certain path. I’m sure my path has many more twists and turns, but I’m still on that path. I haven’t reached my destination quite yet… but like they say, saying goodbye was the hardest part.
I’m a believer that every single person we meet in our lives is part of the plan. These different people teach us lessons. Or maybe, just maybe, we ARE the lesson. Either way, many of the people who we grow close to, simply are not meant to stay forever. Sometimes, those people are simply detours: somewhere along the way. They do not have a place in our future because they belong in the rearview mirror. And if you’re lucky, like me, you can peer into that mirror with tears in your eyes but a smile on your face.
Today, I took a detour. I was on my way home from the studio, when I made an impulsive decision to take a left turn down a snow-covered road. It led me to a snowy wooded area. Beautiful, really. I pulled over and turned on my hazards. I may or may not have overlooked a “do not enter” sign, but when my little mind is set on something, it is set. I only had enough space left on my card for two photographs.
As it so happens, two clicks of the shutter was really all my heart needed.
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