For this end-of-year challenge, consider your own path.

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.”

— Welsh poet Gwyn Thomas

On a recent trip to Hawaii, I went on a number of hikes in Volcanoes National Park, walking atop hardened lava flows. One hike — originating from Chain of Craters Road, the main loop that tours the park — led to an area called Pu`u Loa, home to more than 23,000 ancient petroglyphs.

This concentration of petroglyphs was quite a sight: stick figures, circular and dot-like designs, and other mysterious motifs carved into the lava rocks. But walking the path was an adventure in itself, especially since there weren’t many people out and about.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

As this year comes to a close, I’ve paused to think about my own path. In the beginning of 2016, I lived in a different place, had set a few personal goals, and expected to continue in one direction. Halfway through the year, however, that path veered the other way, and I’ve found myself in a new home, adapting to new things on a daily basis, and realizing how important it is to slow down and recognize (and enjoy) the winding path I’m on.

For this photo challenge, show us what path means to you. Consider the journey you’ve taken this year (or where you hope to go in 2017) and share a snapshot of this personal path, whether figurative or literal. A path can look like the one in the photo above, but it can also be a glimpse into your interests and passions or personal and professional goals.

We look forward to seeing the various paths you take!

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  1. Very nice article made me reflect on my path too. As 2016 comes to a close I realised I have a lot to thank God for,it’s been an unexpected long journey still is.I am grateful and looking forward to what 2017 has to offer.


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