Never a Straight Line

Out of Body by Need to Breathe was my Friday morning drive soundtrack. I love this album-every song. I have listened to it many times.

That morning was the start of the last day of the first week of school. I was exhausted. My music choice was intentional. I wanted to have the same energy from my previous two days of teaching. Not an easy task.

The song Hang On was playing. It is high-energy, fun, encouraging. As I sang along, one line stood out like never before.

So hang on to the light in your eyes and the feeling. Hang on to your love drunk original reason.
And all these things I’ve learned, it’s never a straight line.

Uphill
Downhill
Around
A curve
Sometimes
A guardrail
Sometimes not
At the onset
My destination
Seemed clear
The plan
Clearly
Mapped
Things look
Different
On paper

Detours
Construction
Roadblocks
Caused confusion
Second-guesses
Until finally
I realized
It is not about
The destination
It is about
The journey
And the best
Journeys
Are never
A straight line

11 thoughts on “Never a Straight Line

  1. My heart goes out to all teachers in the throes of back-to-school … never was an easy transition but with current conditions and ever-wavering rules/protocols, I cannot help being awed that anyone survives (yet some of you go further and even thrive – blessings on this world!) I think I’ll look for that CD … meanwhile, I’ve stashed a copy of this poem for repeated reads. Thank you for lifting my spirits, Kelley.

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