It's All About the Journey
Published on October 7, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about all the crazy twists and turns life can sometimes take.

Here's an excerpt:

About six months ago, I received an email from the mother of an old friend.

“You are one of the few people I know who are doing what they said they wanted to do, at a young age,” she wrote.

I frowned when I read this.

Was my friend’s mother right? Was I doing what I’d always wanted to do? Was I living the dream?

Sure, I’d always wanted to be a writer and work at a newspaper. But I never imagined that I’d end up in upstate New York. And I never thought I’d stay so long once I got here. When I arrived in late 2001, I’m sure I thought of the Capital Region as just another stop on life’s journey — one of many possible stops. After all, I could have gone some place else.

But then I wouldn’t have met all the great people I’ve met here, and done all of the interesting things I’ve done.

Of course, I tend to meet interesting people and do interesting things wherever I go.

The other night I spoke with a friend who recently moved to Charleston, S.C., and by the end of the conversation I was ready to plan a trip there. Charleston sounds fascinating — rich in history, with beautiful architecture, a vibrant arts scene and a pleasant climate. Could I live in Charleston? Absolutely. Will I ever live there? Probably not. Although life is full of possibilities, and you never know.

Perhaps this mentality explains why I recently announced to my editor that I never want to read the sentence 'It couldn’t have ended any other way' ever again in my life. This sentence pops up frequently, and I’m convinced it’s never true. Things can always end differently. Plans frequently change. You set out to do one thing, and you wind up doing another.

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