Destination or Journey?

By Ron

destination1You’ve heard the expression, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” It’s one of those things you think about for a minute and say “Yeah, it’s about the experience of getting somewhere in life, not about where you end up.” It’s one of those feel-good statements that takes a half truth and makes us think it’s some kind of deep revelation.


I know this is nit-picking, but if it’s not about the destination, why are you going? Sure, you shouldn’t be so focused on where you’re going that you forget to enjoy the road, but come on! Where you’re going better damn well be worth it to go to all the trouble of getting there.

Grasping for something is part of what life’s all about. We need something to reach for, a destination, to give us a reason for being here, a reason to go on living. I know some of us focus too much on the goals and forget to enjoy the experience of how we get there and the lessons learned along the way. But why did someone decide the process is more important than the end result? Why can’t it be equally important? Without somewhere to go, you’re not going to have a journey!

Maybe we need to say, “It’s not just the destination, it’s the journey, too.” As with everything, there needs to be balance. You need somewhere nice to go AND you need to enjoy the trip. Without both those things, there really is no point, is there?

One Response to “Destination or Journey?”

  1. I have to agree with you. While I don’t want to miss the journey this little cliche has always made me think of people wandering aimlessly.