Take Control of Your Life Journey To Find Happiness and Fulfillment

“Life is a journey, and we are all travelers.”

 –T.J. Klune.

Motion defines our lives. The sun speeds through the cosmos at 448,000 miles per hour, dragging us along. Our motion through time also holds a vital role in our life journey as we flow through the days and weeks on our unique path.

But our journeys are not merely physical as we travel through space and time. It is a physical voyage as well, bursting with growth and development.

What is a Life Journey?

A life journey is each person’s unique voyage through the ultimate adventure: life. Our path begins at birth and flows through childhood innocence, then hits rocky roads during the awkwardness of puberty until it reaches the smooth sailing and stable growth of adulthood.

The daring venture abounds with challenges and obstacles as we celebrate epic achievements and lament catastrophic failures. We bathe in the ecstasy of our happiest moments and wallow in the deepest pits of despair when mourning our most wretched heartaches.

Every aspect of our life combines to form our journey.

Why is it Called a Life Journey

Life is a journey because, ultimately, life is a journey. Even if you stay put your entire life, you travel through time and across the universe.

But most of us don’t stay put.

We go to school, visit our friends, move away from our parent’s home, take vacations, and experience the world. We learn new things as we age, try new foods, and engage in hobbies.

We start as babies without a thought besides our immediate physical needs. But as we grow, we learn new things, adapt to different challenges, overcome obstacles, and push ourselves to our furthest limits. 

Through achievement and failure, we learn about ourselves and the world, gain new perspectives, and open our minds to unimaginable prospects.

Our life journey includes all of it.

How To Live a Life Well-Traveled

Making your life journey an epic adventure is vital to getting the most from your quest. Here’s how to do it.

Take the Helm

It’s your life, so live it on your terms.

Far too many people spend their lives doing what everyone else expects them to do. They never take control of their lives and struggle to find happiness.

If you want an epic life journey, you must take the helm. You have to decide what you want from life and go out there and get it.

Seek Challenges

Some see challenges as obstacles, but those who seek them out see them for what they are: opportunities.

Challenges test us. They force us to dig deep within and discover what we are made of while helping us believe in ourselves, build confidence, and learn new things.

The best part about adversity is the sense of accomplishment in overcoming it. That’s what truly matters on your journey.  

Embrace Growth

Growth is an integral part of your inner life journey. Embrace it!

Cultivate a growth mindset and open yourself up to the world of possibility in front of you. Challenge your inner critic that says you’ll fail, you’re not good enough, and you should stay safe and comfortable.

Comfort limits growth and keeps us stagnating.

Explore the World

A great way to live a life well-traveled is to travel. Take trips overseas, climb mountains, immerse yourself in different cultures, and bask in the natural beauty surrounding us.

Leave your hometown and settle in a new city. Explore natural parks and monuments. Visit museums and learn about humanity’s history.

There’s a great wide world out there just waiting to be discovered. 

Dive Into Your Psyche

We often fill our lives with distractions so we don’t have to explore our inner workings. If you want a satisfying life journey, you must have the courage to face yourself.  

Conduct shadow work to explore the parts of yourself you try to avoid—journal to work through your complex emotions. Meditate to ground yourself with the world.

Becoming at peace with your true self is integral to fulfillment.

Experiment

Routines seem cozy, but they limit our growth. Shake it up a bit with new things. Try a different soup brand, check out a new restaurant, pick up a book you wouldn’t usually read, and dabble in different hobbies.

All these tiny experiments expand your mind and push you forward in your journey.

You won’t enjoy everything, but discovering what you don’t like is almost as vital to living a rich life as discovering the things that bring you great joy.

Cultivate Relationships

The best life journeys are those you travel with friends. Although each person has their unique quest, the people we meet along the way play crucial roles in helping us reach our goals.

Spend time with loved ones. Reach out to your friends. Build relationships with coworkers. They will all weave in and out of your journey, helping you learn and grow and making the time traveled far more enjoyable.  

Uncover the Secrets of the Universe

Humans thrive on curiosity. Lean into yours and ask questions about the world and how it works. Learn how engines work, map the cosmos, or identify the native plants in your backyard.

A constant quest for knowledge will enrich your life’s journey.

Mindfulness

If you want to fully enjoy your life’s journey, you must be present in each and every moment.

Mindfulness keeps us engaged in the here and now. It forces us to pay attention to the warmth of sunshine on our faces, the rose garden’s flowery aroma, the birds’ happy chirping in the distance, and all the activity delighting our senses at any moment.

Inspiring Life Journey Quotes

If the tips for living a life well-traveled didn’t inspire you, perhaps these fantastic quotes will!

Famous figures worldwide had motivating words of wisdom about life’s journey. Let them be your guide.

1. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

            -Lau Tzu

2. If life is a highway, I want to ride it all night long.

           -Tom Cochrane

3. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled, and that has made all the difference.

          -Robert Frost

4. Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.

         -Tim Cook

5. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.   

        -Helen Keller

6. If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

         -Martin Luther King Jr

7. Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

         -Arthur Ashe

8. Is this the life that you lead, or the life that’s led for you? Will you take the road that’s been laid out before you?

         -Tim Mcllrath (Rise Against)

9. I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

         -Robert Louis Stevenson

10. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.         

          -Greg Anderson

11. For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.

         – Michelle Obama

12. The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.

          – Alexandra Elle

13.  Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why. It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time.

           -Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

14. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

          -Eleanor Roosevelt

15. Every day, you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

          -Winston Churchill

Enjoy Your Journey

You’re already voyaging through life, whether you accept it as a journey or not. The only question left is, what will you do now?

Will you dare take the helm and guide your ship to the riches of fulfillment?  Will you let go of other people’s expectations and live your life for yourself?

When you take charge of your journey, you’ll discover anything is possible, and all your dreams will come true.

Author: Melanie Allen

Title: Journalist

Expertise: Pursuing Your Passions, Travel, Wellness, Hobbies, Finance, Gaming, Happiness

Bio:

Melanie Allen is an American journalist and happiness expert. She has bylines on MSN, the AP News Wire, Wealth of Geeks, Media Decision, and numerous media outlets across the nation and is a certified happiness life coach. She covers a wide range of topics centered around self-actualization and the quest for a fulfilling life.