Heading back home on quiet dark road.
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This Quiet Dark Road Is A Reflection Of The Dark Times I’ve Recently Faced

As many of you already know, the last 6 months have been a very dark and difficult time for me. It kinda reminds me of this quiet dark road. There were a few times when I had no idea what I was going to do next. Or how I was going to make it through this rough patch. My future suddenly was uncertain and it was a very scary feeling.

The Beginning Of My Journey Down The Quiet Dark Road

Heading away from home down the quiet dark street.
Heading away from home down the quiet dark street.

Of course nothing lasts forever and that includes hard times. Tonight while walking down this quiet dark road, I was able to reflect upon everything that has happened during the last 6 months. A lot of things have changed in my life but I realized that’s what life is all about. For weeks now, I’ve walked this very same road but never during the night time. Everything looks different at night, and it also gives a whole different feeling.

Thinking About How Far My Blog Has Come From I First Started It

While walking down the quiet dark road the first thing I thought about is how far my blog has come. My blog is starting to get a lot more traffic and engagement on social media, especially Facebook.

When I first started my blog, I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I was into drawing portrait and figure art at the time, and thought it would be a great place to feature all my work. I did this for a few weeks until it became too hard to keep up with the drawing and posting. The biggest problem was finding new models to draw in order to keep the blog fresh and interesting.

At one point I stopped posting all together and my blog sat quietly for months. There was no traffic at all, making my blog more vacant than an old ghost town. This went on for many months until I finally got the ambition to really turn this into a vibrant and lively blog where people would love to visit.

Over the course of time my blog went from a picture blog to an urban  living blog featuring gear, living, food and art. This transformation didn’t just happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work along with tons of trial and error. Even to this day, the blog continues to evolve by getting better and better.

The Amazing People Who Have Supported Me During The Tough Times

Stop sign at the end of quiet dark street.
Stop sign at the end of quiet dark street.

As I walked further down the quiet dark road to the stop sign, I also thought about the people who supported me emotionally during this tough period. Some of my family have stepped up and really showed how much they care for me. Former co-workers who became great friends did everything they could to help me through these difficult times. And one women who I think the world of, has shown that I’m very important to her. To everyone who I mentioned, thank you so much and I will return the favor if you ever need me.

That Old Lit Up Factory Reminded Me Of The Choices We All Make

Lighted factory on quiet dark road.
Lighted factory on quiet dark road.

On my return trip home I noticed that the old factory was all lit up. I’m not sure if anybody was still there working, but I did think about how we all make good and bad choices when it comes to our careers. When I first entered college I was a young man with high hopes and huge dreams. I was going to be a computer technician but instead got a degree in business administration.

Close up of lighted factory on quiet dark road.
Close up of lighted factory on quiet dark road.

During the few years following college I worked in a regular dead end job, instead of starting the business I dreamed of after leaving college.

These Speed Bumps Are Just Like The Rough Patches We Face In Life

Speed bump on side road off quiet dark road.
Speed bump on side road off quiet dark road.

I was thinking about the speed bumps I saw on the side street on the end of the quiet dark road. Life has it’s speed bumps just like the side street. Sometimes it can get rough or can be fast and productive just like the car that was heading straight towards me from the opposite direction.

Vehicle coming from a distance on side road of quiet dark road.
Vehicle coming from a distance on side road of quiet dark road.

Life Is About Focusing On What’s Important To Us

Gate to abandoned park on quiet dark road.
Gate to abandoned park on quiet dark road.
Left side of abandoned park on quiet dark road.
Left side of abandoned park on quiet dark road.
Right side of abandoned park on quiet dark road.
Right side of abandoned park on quiet dark road.

By the time I got to the abandoned park I had a huge revelation. Life isn’t t about filling it up with everything that you can think of. Instead it’s about filling it up with what’s important to us. Sometimes you have to empty your whole life with the non essentials, including toxic jobs in order to move forward. Times may seem hard at first but with the right choices, and being surrounded by positive people, things can get better.

It’s All About Positive Thinking

Heading back home on sidewalk on quiet dark road.
Heading back home on sidewalk on quiet dark road.
Heading back home on quiet dark road.
Heading back home on quiet dark road.

I did a combination of walking down the dark sidewalk and the middle of the road just to make my little walk more interesting. As I walked past the old factory building, I realized that my frame of thinking is what’s been making me more successful lately. I have realized that nothing worth pursuing in life comes easy. It takes a very positive attitude. You also need to learn to accept defeat and not give up on what’s important to you. At times it will seem like you’re not getting anywhere and will make you feel like giving up.

Giving Up Isn’t An Option

Factory on quiet dark road.
Factory on quiet dark road.

These are the times that you have to dig deep and realize that giving up isn’t a choice. Just like the speed bumps I mentioned earlier, you have to get through the rough patches before you can go back to enjoying the smooth roads again. Once you defeat these rough patches, you will come out with more confidence. Learn a great deal about who you are. And above all, realize that the only thing holding you back from success is your attitude, and how you approach problems.

Dumpster with boxes in front of it on quiet dark road.
Dumpster with boxes in front of it on quiet dark road.

It’s Okay To Fail As Long As You Learn From Your Mistakes

Full view of old factory building on quiet dark road.
Full view of old factory building on quiet dark road.

For the last 5 years I’ve tried many online businesses. At first I didn’t know anything about e-commerce or online marketing. Heck, I didn’t even know what HTML was until I taught myself how to write it.

Close up of old factory building on quiet dark road.
Close up of old factory building on quiet dark road.

I’ve tried everything from selling on eBay and Amazon to blogging. It’s been a tough journey learning about how to start a business online. But I’ll tell you what. The whole journey has been worth it. I’ve learned so much and met so many interesting people along the way.

This has all helped me learn about who I am and what I stand for as a person. I have finally found myself, and I’m going to learn more about this amazing person I call ME, as I go along.

One Day This Blog Will Be My Full Time Job

One day I will make this blog my full time job because I’m not only passionate about it, but I also care about every visitor that continues to make it a success.

So the next time you feel like giving up or don’t know where you’re heading, give yourself a break. Life is all about finding out who we are and sometimes that takes a whole lifetime. Enjoy the process!

P.S. More Great Posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5, Post 6.

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