Long Live the Winding Road
Yesterday Angela and I took a very early morning trip to visit Proyecto Eolicos Windfarm that sits atop the mountains above Santa Ana, Costa Rica. We had heard the sunrise view was hard to beat. Plus, renewable energy is a big deal in Costa Rica. So far this year, the country has been powered by renewable sources (mostly hydroelectric, but also wind and some solar) for just over 300 days. Its a great accomplishment for this tiny nation. And those wind turbines never look as big as when you are standing at the base of one.
Getting there was as easy as punching in the destination on my phone. But after we had made our way through Santa Ana, the road went straight up! Really. Hardly a turn, and not a single switchback to be found. I had to drive in first gear the last few miles, worrying about the strain on the engine (and later, coming down, on the brakes). As the van lumbered slowly up the mountain, we leaned forward in our seats. Had there been the slightest precipitation, I wasn’t sure we could maintain traction at that steep of an angle.
But we made it, and it was worth it. The view was spectacular and we were able to take a lot of photos. And up there is was cold enough to justify wearing a jacket, which is a rare thing here in Costa Rica.
Often in life we complain about the winding road that is our individual journey. Rarely does it seem like we ever get anywhere on the straight path. Life is interrupted with twists and turns, failures and victories, wins and losses. And this is something we complain about. We lament that things didn’t go as planned, and that our route was a circuitous one in which we never felt like we are going in the right direction. How many times have you thought to yourself, I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere?
But the winding road is a safer road. It gives us time to adjust, and with every twist and turn we get a new perspective. We learn more about the mountain and about our own abilities. It forces us to be careful, and watch for others. Sure, it is longer and takes more time. But this life is a journey. It’s not simply about the destination. Cherish every turn. The failures and losses often have more to teach us than the victories and wins.
None of us are really prepared for the straight path up the mountain. So at the next twist or turn in your life, try to appreciate what it is contributing to your journey.