25 March, 2023

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Who said life is a journey not a destination?

life is a journey not a destination


 We have often heard the sentence that “life is a journey not a destination,” said by Ralph Waldo Emerson and before moving on to the topic, the life of the great philosopher Ralph Waldon Emerson and his philosophy, which leads to the above famous quote which has been there for many centuries, all around the world, will be discussed.

 Life and Beliefs of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (born May 25, 1803, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.—died April 27, 1882, Concord, Massachusetts), was an American lecturer, poet, essayist, and the leading exponent of New England Transcendentalism. He was a principal spokesman of Transcendentalism and the American tributary of European Romanticism. A religious, philosophical, and ethical movement was directed by Emerson; he stressed the spiritual potential of humans and had a strong belief in the freedom of the soul. He said that in institutions, humans are forced to change their inner personality, which depends on their souls, which works through every path of life in making decisions and applying it in their lives. He served many years preaching in churches and was influenced by Hinduism as well. He had a strong belief in the power of the soul.

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s beliefs and his work, we have to think that the famous quote that “life is a journey not a destination” defines a religious theory of life, that in the entire world, the living has a spirit or a soul which is not temporary and is immortal and controls our body throughout our whole life. The body, being a physical entity, can die, but the soul is immortal and continues its journey.

 According to Different Religions 

Life is truly a journey and not a destination. People following different religions have different beliefs and, some of them believe that life exists in a body-only once and continues its journey even after leaving the body. We have been sent to the world on a journey, and the world is a beautiful place and; it is up to us how we would enjoy the journey and make it beautiful. But, in the end, we have to depart on the last journey where there will be only our soul. 

To illustrate, people travel to different countries, travel to continents, stay in luxurious hotels, visit famous places while traveling and usually spend a lot of time planning every single day, what to do and where to go, however, eventually, it comes to an end as well.

 Ralph Walde Emerson was also a priest and a religious person, and, in most religions, it is taught that “life is a journey and one day we will have to go back to our final destination.” After the day of judgment, everyone will be sent to their final destinations. However, on the other hand, in this modern world, this is not believed in, and many people firmly believe that it is the old school of thought.

 Importance of Goals in Our Lives 

If you ask a coach the importance of goals, he will say that a life without a goal is like running after a ball on the football ground. Goals are essential, as they help us to maintain our vision. Because of this, however, we often on our goals rather than concentrating on how to reach the final destination. 

Most people take different steps in their lives according to their circumstances and, the journey may take us through great storms and, the path of life is full of ups and downs but these things should not become an issue, what is more, important is how many times we stand up and continue. In every aspect of our journey of life, we are given opportunities to achieve our targets. It is up to us to either repeat the same thing again and again, like a circle with the same choices over and over again, or have the power to change things and not to walk around in a continuous cycle.

 We Learn from Mistakes That We Have Done 

It should not cause disappointment if anything in our lives has become messed up or if we have made a lot of mistakes because we always learn from those mistakes, and it helps us to become a better person. We should try to improve every day to become better people and observe all of our mistakes and make sure that they are not repeated. In this way, the journey of our life will become full of satisfaction. Although our lives have sadness, worries, disappointments and happiness, on the other hand, life is also like a garden full of beautiful flowers and butterflies. After every long and dark night, there is always a bright morning. Truly the darkest hour is just before dawn. 


To conclude, according to the most popular quote of the famous philosopher, poet and priest Raph Waldo Emerson, “life is a journey not a destination.” It is believed that our final destination is heaven; life is given to us just for preparation for life after death and a destination where the day of judgment will be held, and after that, our real home will be decided.

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