The Layover and Life

In my very humble opinion, the thing that is worse than not growing is being stuck.  For much of my life, I have been stuck.  You see, I made the necessary steps to grow, yet I made a tragic mistake.  I failed to take the final leap of faith once I acquired the tools.  I seemed to be happier that I had the tools than I was with finishing the project or goal.  I was stuck.  Each day was the same.  I was stuck in my career.  I was stuck in my relationships.  I was stuck in my mental, spiritual, and fitness goals.  I was stuck in my growth.  Isn’t it funny that as soon as you are about to transcend to another space or place, something from your past always comes to either remind you that you shouldn’t change or life as your “newer” self may not be as great.  I always seemed to listen to that something.  I call this the layover.  I’m not where I began, yet I’m not where I want to be.  I’m in the layover of my life. I’m still interested in traveling.  However, because I have to board this flight alone to a destination that I have only dreamt of, it’s slightly frightening.  If you find that you are in a state of layover, simply board the next flight called opportunity, enjoy the ride, and trust and believe that you will make it no matter where you land.  We were all designed to succeed.  However, because many of us yearn for things that we have never seen, our faith isn’t always aligned with our focus.  We should, and must, demonstrate that we not only deserve, but are entitled to that for which we have labored.  I don’t believe that happiness is an accident.  I don’t believe that success is an accident, nor do I believe that greatness is an accident.  These are intentional acts.  In the society in which I live, it seems that people are more concerned about beauty than substance.  Again, this is another form of the layover.  If we focus more attention on the vessel than we do on the voyage, we shouldn’t be surprised when we recognize that we aren’t going anywhere.  If you are in the layover of your career, change it.  If you are in the layover of your love, either fix it or change it.  You are not allowed to be a perpetual victim for the rest of your life because the truth of the matter is that being wronged isn’t as important as becoming the realest version of yourself that you can possibly be. We are currently in a political layover.  We seemingly have a “leader” who has never taken flight classes, never sat in the cockpit, never ventured to the places that he claims to “believe in and support,” and worse, has no idea where he’s going.  We are not where we were, but we are clearly not where we want to be. In this case, I believe that we should contact the flight company and demand new pilots, flight attendants, baggage handlers, and ticket collectors. You are more than you believe you are.  We are all more beautiful than we believe we are.  We are all more powerful than we believe we are.  We are more. You are more.  You are more good than any bad deed you may have done.  You are more right than you are wrong.  However, if you are more wrong than you are right, even a broken clock is right twice a day.  Therefore, you still have a voice, and you deserve to raise it.  Even though we may all be experiencing some form of a layover in our lives, the next flight is soon boarding.  Pick up the things you’re going to need when you get there and leave your past baggage behind.  It’s going to be a great voyage.  As always, when you get there, don’t forget to leave a blueprint or map for the rest of us who desperately need it.  Until next time, take care of yourselves and don’t forget to help someone other than yourself for no reason at all.  Patrick

One thought on “The Layover and Life

  1. La Toya January 18, 2018 / 1:01 am

    “Our faith isn’t always aligned with our focus”……….So true…So true…


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