I read a quote today by Theodore Roethke that said –
“I learn by going where I have to go”
I understand that Roethke is speaking metaphorically but I couldn’t help but think about this line in terms of place: solid, geographical place.
Place is important to me. I think about it often, usually about where I would like to be, which since graduating college has mainly been America. Yet I have been everywhere but America. Australia, Asia and now I find myself home, again…in Ireland, in a village, in the countryside. Not exactly the cities and fast-pace I yearn for.
Yet I am still here. I can list the reasons why I come home, all practical and well thought-out. I do like it here. It’s beautiful, quiet, a haven for artists. It’s easy to come back to, easy to fall back into step with and lose yourself in the sleepy flow of it.
This quote stopped me though. Am I meant to be here? Am I meant to learn something while I’m here? AM I HERE FOR A REASON?! And if I figure that reason out, if I learn what I need to, would I then naturally move on and find myself a new adventure?
So the question today people is…
Do you come to a place because you have something to learn there?
-> Do you think it’s just coincidence?
-> Do you think it’s an excuse for taking the easy option?
-> Have you ever ended up somewhere for seemly no good reason and something amazing happened?
-> Do you feel the Universe takes you to where you need to be? Or do you need to take yourself?