The Journey Is More Important Than The Destination.

All of my life I have heard this said over and over and over again. From parents and teachers to motivational speakers and life coaches they have all preached this message. But what does it have to do with The Wizard of Oz??

Isn’t the whole goal of the story to get Dorothy home??

Well, yeah, at least if you’re looking at the shallow version of the story. If you dig a little deeper you’ll find that it truly is the Journey that makes the story, and not the destination.

On Dorothy’s Journey she makes several new friends and learns several more life lessons. She grows and learns and matures. Not by going home, but by Journeying.

On her Journey she learns the price of real friendship as Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow, three people she had just met a few days prior, as they risk themselves to save her from the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy learned about different cultures and peoples; Munchkins and Emerald City citizens. She also gained self-esteem and reground her morals on her Journey.

Lots of people have their own Journey’s in life and most have multiple Journey’s. A Journey is when people learn about themselves and figure themselves out. Being a teenager and currently going through freshman year, it’s tough. I’ve been through so many Journey’s since this school year began.

But, if Dorothy can survive her Journey…then I can too. Even if I’ve got to hire a tow truck to haul me out from the ditch I got myself into.