A while back I read a book that compared Life to a train ride:
Life is like a train ride:
We Get On. We Ride. We get off. We get back on and ride some more. There are accidents and there are delays. At certain stops there are surprises.
Some of these will translate into great moments of joy, Some will result profound sorrow.
When we are born and first board the train, we meet people who we think will be with us for the entire journey.
Those people are our parents!
Sadly this is far from the truth. They are only with us for as long as we absolutely need them. They too have journeys they must complete. We live on with the memories of their love, affection, friendship, guidance and their ever presence.
There are others who board the train, and who will eventually become important to us in turn. These people are our Brothers, Sisters, Friends and Acquaintances, whom we will learn to love and cherish.
Some people consider their journey like a jaunty tour. They will just go merrrily along.
Others will encounter many upsets tears and losses along their journey. Others still will linger on to offer helping hand to anyone in need.
Some people on the train will leave an everlasting impression when they get off. Some will get on and get off so quickly, they will scarely leave a sign they ever travelled along with you or ever crossed your path.
We will sometimes be upset that passengers whom we love choose to sit in another compartment and leave us to travel on our own. Then again there's nothing that say we can't seek them out anyway. Nevertheless, once sought out and found, we may not be able to sit with them anyway because that seat is already taken.
That's okay, because everyone's journey will be filled with hopes, dreams, challenges, setbacks and goodbyes.We must strive to make the best of it...no matter what. We must constantly strive to understand our travel companions and look for the best in everyone. Remember that at any moment during our journey, any one of our travel companions can have a weak moment and be in need of our help.
We too may hesitate or even trip. Hopefully we can count on someone being there to be supportive and understanding.
The bigger mystery of our journey is that we dont know when our last stop will come, neither do we know when our traveling companions will make their last stop. Not even those sitting in the seat next to us.
Personally , I know I'll be sad to make my final stop...I'm sure of it. My separation from all those friends and aquaintances I made during the train ride will be painful. Leaving all of those Im close to will be a sad thing.But then again, I'm certain that one day I will get to the main station only to meet up with everyone else. They all will be carrying their baggage... most of which they didn't have when they got on this train.
Ill be glad to see them again. I'll also be glad to have contributed to that baggage and to have enriched their lives just as much as they have added to my baggage and enriched my life.
We're all on that train ride together. Above all we sould strive to make the ride as pleasant and memorable as possible right up until we each make the final stop and leave the train for the last time.