The Long, Winding Road Ahead | #WordlessWednesday

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There are those roads that lead us to our destination and there are those that are just detours that leave us with wisdom and learning. Either way, the road we’re on is meant for us to walk on, because, in the end, we are more than the sum-total of all our experiences, both the intended and the unintended ones. No matter what one says, there are no short-cuts in this journey of life so we got to take the long road, get lost occasionally and find our destination, eventually.

It may be a long, winding road uphill, but it’s usually the journey and not so much the destination that we remember the most, in the end!

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42 Comments
  • Natasha

    Reply

    That’s a serene, lovely winding path! Yes, it’s the journey that counts, as much as the final destination. And it is for us to make it worthwhile.

    Hugs my dear friend. And big love for a vibrant festival season ahead. <3

  • Marie Moody

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    Absolutely breathe taking beyond the picture. Kind of like a 3D picture in your mind. You really don’t know what part of the picture takes you above and beyond until you get there and you cannot go back, so you take it further in your mind’s eye. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could take that winding road back, and do it over again, but correctly this time?

    • Esha

      Thank you, Marie! Talking of rewinding, and starting the journey all over again would be so different for each of us, right but then everything would fall in place perfectly and some of the mistakes we did commit would not be there or even those ‘unintended experiences’ that contributed to our growth at some point in time.

  • Kelly Anne Rothaermel

    Reply

    Very thought provocing! Always a mystery where the road will take us!

    • Esha

      Glad you think so! Yes, so true about the winding road ahead…nobody knows where we’re going. Time alone will tell.

      Thanks for stopping to read and share your thoughts, Kelly!

      Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead.

      Cheers,
      Esha

  • Birgitta B.

    Reply

    This is beautiful!

    • Esha

      Thank you very much, Birgitta!So glad to see you stopping by the blog.

      Have a blessed week. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Esha

  • Cathy Kennedy

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    Esha,

    Life is a physical and mental journey with many roads that we travel. What drives me insane is the way some people know that they should not detour from the right road in pursuit to travel down a dangerous one not caring how things will go when they finally meet up with the right road again. Life is full of chances but taking a chance on a good thing versus a bad is worth the gamble. Great photo to illustrate your thoughts. Thanks for sharing and please, feel free to come by to join my Wild Wednesdays linky party where just about anything goes, including photographs, art, music, poetry, musings, and more!

    • Esha

      Thank you for inviting me to your #WildWednesdays linky party! Sounds like a lovely place to be in. Please count me in. <3

      I do agree with what you say, Cathy! It is these chances in life that leave us with some truly invaluable life lessons, isn't it? I doubt if I'd ever be thankful for the blessings if I hadn't had those stumbling blocks waiting to derail me every now and then. So glad to have your thoughts and stop by the blog, Cathy!

      Wishing you a blessed week ahead! See you here again.
      Cheers

  • Shiju Sugunan

    Reply

    Great shot! Fascinating track!

    • Esha

      Thank you so much, Shiju. Glad to see you stop by.

  • Vinitha

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    Yes of course, the journey stays with us than the destination. This narrow path looks a little scary and inviting at the same time to me. Lovely capture, Esha.

    • Esha

      Thanks a lot, Vinitha. It was a beautiful but wet path along which ran a quaint but very pretty Zen garden. This was a place on the outskirts of Kyoto.

  • Pat

    Reply

    Lovely photos, Esha!

    • Esha

      Thank you so much, Pat. So glad to see you stop by.

  • Holly

    Reply

    Beautiful pathway!

    • Esha

      Thank you very much, Holly!

  • Roshan

    Reply

    In my case, it has been a case of the journey being way more eventful than the destination… Had to learn to appreciate it though and that took awhile. Happens when we are a part of the rat race.

    • Esha

      Appreciate your thoughts, Doc! Like you, I too think the journey is way more eventful than my destination. Although, having said that, I now feel that as I’m growing older, I’m probably closer to my destination as well. This is prompting me to ask myself why I acted in a certain way or thought in a certain way.

  • Shalini

    Reply

    A beautiful picture that sums up your thought well. 🙂

    • Esha

      Thank you, Shalini. Glad to see you here. 🙂

  • Mahati ramya adivishnu

    Reply

    I like nature walks and value journey more than destination. Seems like a beautiful way leading to nature.

    • Esha

      Thank you, Ramya. It was a wonderful nature walk close to a Zen garden in a place near Kyoto in Japan. Glad we agree about valuing the journey more than the destination. So good to see you here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Suzana

    Reply

    A romantic road! A very beautiful image!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Happy WW!

    • Esha

      Thank you, Suzana! It was a very beautiful path near one of the most beautiful temples on the outskirts of Kyoto, in Japan, which incidentally also had a zen garden going alongside the path, that made the climb even more satisfying for us! Happy to see you stop by the blog today.
      Happy Wordless Wednesday to you as well.

  • arv!

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    I think we should not worry too much about the journey because it doesn’t help us in any way. Life is to be lived and enjoyed. Overthinking will never help. Excellent picture for the thoughts you have expressed, Esha

    • Esha

      Well said, Arvind! Yes, overthinking never helps and not everyone indulges in thinking either! It is just that there are some of us who love to philosophise about life in this kind of setting! And, so glad to know you liked the picture. 🙂

      Happy WordlessWednesday and a lovely week ahead!

      Cheers
      Esha

  • Veronica Lee

    Reply

    How true! And sometimes the wrong road takes us to the right destination!

    Happy Weds, Esha.

    • Esha

      Absolutely, Veronica! I can say that is true for many of us, myself included!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      Happy Wordless Wednesday and a lovely week ahead.

      Cheers
      Esha

  • Balaka Basu

    Reply

    This road reminds me of childhood, Gangtok, rains and love. Beautiful capture Di

    • Esha

      Oh, how nice is that! Wet, cold and uphill roads are the true hallmark of our NE towns, right? My Kohima memories too, Tina!!!

  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    Reply

    And, whatever happens, we must continue to walk.

    • Esha

      Absolutely, Deb! So many of us do, don’t we, irrespective of what lies ahead!

  • Anamika Agnihotri

    Reply

    I like this long winding way up the hill.
    I have been away from blogging for which seems like a long time to me now. I have not been feeling articulative in the right sense and I think I am still the same today. And, then I thought joining Wordless Wednesday with a photo will not make me uncomfortable. So here I am.

    • Esha

      I know you’ve not been blogging, Anamika! And yet, I wanted to invite you to join our linky party! Sometimes, a picture is a great way of connecting with the others when you’re on a blogging break, (as I’ve been doing during my most difficult (read ‘inarticulate’ periods!) Keep posting and sharing from time to time, Anamika. No pressures but it will be nice if you do.

      Happy Wednesday and a lovely rest of the week!
      Hugs

  • Modern Gypsy

    Reply

    Yes, I do agree. It’s a bit like going on a long drive. You remember the journey – the roadside dhaba where you had lunch, the waterfall along the way that took your breath away…the destination is a highlight too, but if you don’t enjoy the sights and sounds while driving, it loses a bit of its soul, I think!

    • Esha

      True, Shijini! We’ve all been there, haven’t we? And I guess, at different moments of our lives. it’s either the journey or the destination that becomes a little more important than the other but both go alongside to make life beautiful.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts , Shinjini.

      Happy Wordless Wednesday and a lovely week ahead!
      Cheers

  • Shilpa Gupte

    Reply

    How true! It’s through these journeys and the getting-lost-along-the-way that we learn how to live, how to fight and how to rejoice all that life brings our way!
    You summed it up so beautifully, Esha! Perfect words for the picture <3

    • Esha

      You said it, Shilpa! Spot on! That is exactly how we are getting on with our individual journeys— learning, losing, hoping and rejoicing!
      Thanks a ton for your appreciation, and for stopping by and sharing your thoughts here.

      Hugs
      <3

  • Alana

    Reply

    The thing that amazes me the most about life is the number of experiences that seem to have meant nothing at the time, but years later, something happens and you draw on what happened and what you learned from that “nothing” day or year. It’s happened so many times in my 66 years that it doesn’t surprise me anymore. And that road of life, can it ever wind.

    • Esha

      I totally get your point, Alana! I guess as the years go, I’ve had so many such experiences myself, that now I realise how much learning has just happened purely by reflecting on those ‘nothing’ days/years as you say!

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