Monday, August 22, 2011

Journey vs Destination

The good news just keeps rolling in!

Congratulations to Dianne K. Salerni, bloggy-bud and one of my first interviewees on the sale of her second novel, THE CAGED GRAVES!

Also, in lesser news, I guest-blogged over at Natalie Whipple's on Friday.

Today I want to talk about Journey vs. Destination.

It all started with one of my best friends who's doing an English Literature degree. His writing is clinical, very academic, which works for him, because, obviously, he's in academia. He said he liked academic writing, because he's good at it. I said, I'm good at academic writing too, but I like fiction because it's fun.

In the course of this discussion, I realised something: I'm all about the journey and he's about the destination. Neither is wholly better than the other. Both have advantages and drawbacks.


One of the perks of being about the journey is living in the moment. If you're more about the journey, then you are satisfied wherever you happen to be on your path. That's not to say you don't have goals, but the fact that you haven't reached them yet is okay. The flipside of this is that if you get too caught up in the satisfaction of the journey, you may not make any progress towards your goals.

A major disadvantage of living for the journey is that you're not particularly inclined to do things that are difficult now. For example, if you want to get in shape, you have to do exercises and eat healthy today. But you won't get any results today. To get around this issue, a journey-ist needs to make sure to keep the day-to-day exciting. Back to the fitness example: a journey-ist could spice up their meals with herbs, exotic fruits and veggies, and different methods of preparation. And they could help their fitness routine, by constantly changing the program or doing exercises that have a social side to them, like playing a sport.


Living for the destination makes working towards your goals easy. You know where you want to be, and you have no trouble doing what you need to do to get there. However, you may find that you're always dissatisfied with yourself. You haven't reached X point yet, so you're not living up to your full potential. To combat this, take a moment to sit and think of all the places you have reached.

The disadvantage of being a destination-ist? You define yourself by striving for goals. When you reach a goal, you barely take a moment to celebrate, before you need a new goal to work towards. You feel like you're nothing because you don't have a BA/BS. You get your first degree, and then you feel like you're nothing because you don't have a Masters. Solution: take some time before you move on, to celebrate the goal you've acheived.

Are you guys more Journey or Destination oriented?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think I'm a bit of both, which is probably the best place to be.

J.B. Chicoine said...

I think I lean more toward the destination, though I do get caught up in the journey. Sometimes I wish I were more clearly goal-orinted, but I have trouble focusing...Okay, I guess I'm a fair mix...

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm trying to be both. Have some writing goals to keep moving along but try to enjoy the journey whether or not it leads to publication.

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