The road to personal success and happiness is not an easy one. I know it sounds cliche at this point, but it does not take away from the impact of the message. It is one filled with many obstacles, and we are taught that some are as mundane as staying away from negative people and behaviors. However, the road is not simply black and white, up and down, east and west, etc. The road has many hidden routes, and the best one may be the one paved in gray on the northeasterly road, where the sky darkens and the air becomes thicker. Despite the ominous presence, your wisdom and worldliness blossom as you use your mind and instinct to navigate your way through the confusing road, make plans to forage or hunt for food and constructing a suitable shelter as nightfall begins to settle. Your physique becomes more defined, akin to that of a Greek god(dess), and your vitality becomes deeper than the ocean floor as you negate threats to your mortality, engaging in sword fights with dire, starving wolves, outmaneuver packs of vicious coyotes, and taking down the leader of a local gang of bloodthirsty outlaws that have taken residence in the area and wish to block your path by wrestling him to the ground, resulting in his followers losing all morale and loyalty for him after your incredible display of physical prowess, subsequently running away from you. Your arms have become shaped like the fallen tree trunks you encountered that had fallen in this godforsaken forest, and were forced to lift them from your path to clear the obstruction, and your legs have the become as tough as granite and as indestructible as the mountain you scaled. You eventually come across runes with mind bending riddles written on their surfaces. They promise answers to your life; concerns regarding your loved ones, the path you are taking in life, and many other stressful issues, if you can solve them. Of course, upon completing this part of your journey, you were met with disappointment. Contrary to the deal, the riddles, questions, and tests detailed upon the runes did not offer any advice or concrete answers to your questions, as many aspects and ideas in life can be tangible, intangible, metaphorical, rhetorical, subjective, or simply have no answer. Despite this, the mental fortitude you displayed by using your mind to the fullest has opened parts of your mind you did not knew you had, giving you a better understanding over the issues, and as such, you no longer fear anything. Your mind has become sharper than steel, your newfound mastery over logic, rhetoric, problem-solving, compassion, and personal strife has granted you a quiet stoicism, laser-like focus, and the humility. Your ego has faded into the universe and become one with it. In conclusion, sometimes a third option is better than the first two. I know that scares a lot of people, because the majority of humans want to control every aspect of their lives. For every answer we find, there are a million more questions; always keep an open mind and an open heart. Sometimes it’s ok to criticize yourself and be criticized; it helps you learn about yourself and allows you to improve in ways you never thought you could. Work on yourself every day, and take the road less traveled. Take the time to look through your Mind’s Eye, because the pair on your face can deceive you.