What’s a Detour?
detour – \ˈdē-ˌtu̇r – noun
The act of going or traveling to a place along a way that is different from the usual or planned way.
A detour is a curve in the road of life, a bump in a path, a big sign in the middle of your trip that says, “sorry, you have to go THAT way.”
Nobody expects a detour to happen, in life. It’s what happens when we think we have things planned and all figured out…and then we’re thrown a curveball.
What’s a Detourist?
A Detourist looks for the upside of obstacles. A detourist follows that twisted path because they’re curious to see where it could lead.
A detourist travels along detours – simple enough. But in addition, a detourist embraces those unexpected routes as opportunities for growth, change and self-fulfillment. I am living proof that a detour can lead to unexpected blessings.
Resilience takes work – especially when nothing seems to go our way. The good part is that everyone has had an unexpected detour one time or another, and the best teachers are the stories we hear.
Am I a Detourist?
Have you experienced a bump in the road?
Did life go a totally different way than you had planned or expected?
Did you learn something new about yourself that you never would have realized, had you not had that experience?
Has that unplanned event in your life shaped who you are today?
If this sounds like you’ve been here before, then you’re a detourist!
So Now What?
I want to hear from you. Read my guest post guidelines here.
Share your crazy journeys, twists in life you didn’t expect, a broken foot, broken nail, break up, break down – any way life has surprised you with a detour, and how you made it the most beautiful detour of your life.
Share a picture, draw it, sing it, shout it, write it, dance it – but make sure however you share it, share with the hashtag #lovemydetour. Together we’re stronger!
I love my detour. Now tell me why you love yours.
And, if you’re affiliated with a college, corporation, or any sort of organization, find out how you can bring the #LoveMyDetour movement to YOU!
You can even start a Student Detourist Group on Campus!