Whether it is a walk of pride or the walk of shame, some walks you have to take alone. Embracing your successes or facing up to the repercussions of decisions you have made is an individual journey. Only you can face the truth and the consequences that result from something you have been a part of – good or bad.
And perhaps that walk alone provides you the time and solitude you need to focus on the decisions that have been made previously or have yet to be made in your life. Nobody can choose your path or tell you which fork in the road you must follow. That is a conscious choice that you must decide for yourself. Forging ahead into that journey, on your own, gives you the focus you need to gather the insight into which path you will follow. Along the way, you select the people with whom you want to participate in that pilgrimage.
Some that you have chosen to accompany you on your journey may agree with your direction and some may deviate from the road that lies before you. Perhaps they were only meant to keep you company for a short distance. Others will follow you into the abyss, knowing that the course you have plotted is one akin to a path that they have chosen as well.
Regardless of how many people are willing to follow that road with you, there will always be some walks you have to take unassisted. Some roads are meant to be navigated by you and you alone. There will always be friends at the end of that road – to wipe your brow and perhaps give you a pat on the back for reaching the end of your quest unscathed, but the passage itself is a solitary journey.
Forge ahead on that secluded route. Walk strong with your head held high. Delve deep into the reasons that you have come to this particular fork in the road, and walk alone. But walk alone knowing that at the end of your journey, you have rewarded yourself with the reclusive time needed to dig deep into what you need for yourself to achieve your ultimate goal. Your journey never ends. It only begins with the next step.