Where We Happen to Be

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. 
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

My grandfather in 1912, alone at age 17, a new immigrant who spoke no English, turned right instead of left, and his life forever changed. From the street, he followed a group of strangers into the door of a building and climbed some stairs that led him to a man who took him under his wing. People enter our lives for long periods or a short time, but everyone plays some sort of role. We are all on a journey. Our roads are not always smooth, with challenges and bumps along the way. No matter what, our experiences define who we are.  It is often about where we happen to be.