A trip is a typical metaphor for life because it reminds us that arriving at our destination is not our sole aim. There are times when the roads are straight and others when they are meandering, just like any other type of travel. The difference between travel by road and by air is that while the former requires you to stay in one place for a long time, the latter allows you to go anywhere you want without having to worry about getting lost.
Life is like a journey, but we don't always know where we're going. We can plan as best we can, but there are times when we have to follow our heart's guidance. That's why some people say that life is a trip; you never know what will happen next or even how you'll get from point A to point B. All you can do is take the road less traveled and see where it leads.
The metaphorical journey of life is full of twists and turns, and although we can plan out how we'd like things to be, in reality, we can only hope for the best and prepare ourselves for whatever may come our way.
The voyage metaphor includes a conclusion, which is death. However, the "journey" part of life does not place emphasis on the goal. It stresses the journey to get there, which includes life-cycle events, schooling, and careers, among other things. The metaphor suggests that one should live each day as if it was your last because you never know when it will be used up.
People use this metaphor to encourage others not to focus only on the future but also on the present moment with no past or future. They tell their friends that they should make every day count because you can't go back and change the past nor do you know what lies ahead so you have to live each day as if it was your last.
This analogy is often used by teachers to encourage students that they should leave school every year wondering what career they might be able to pursue next year. Parents would like to see their children remain in school until at least age 18 since it is believed that this is the best way to prepare them for later life. Students may feel pressured to graduate early from high school since they don't want to be left out of the journeyman lifestyle.
Life is a journey that everyone has to find themselves going through. You can't always see where you're going, but you must continue forward without looking back.
Mary Oliver utilizes "The Journey" as an extended metaphor to say that everything we do does not have to center around other people, and that we need not be concerned with what other people think about our life decisions. Mary Oliver was an American poet who lived in Maine.
Oliver was born on January 20th, 1960, in New York City. She grew up in Camden, Maine, and began writing poetry at an early age. In high school, she wrote a regular column for the school newspaper called "This I Believe," which attracted the attention of many prominent writers' organizations. After graduating from Barnard College in 1983, she moved to Boston where she worked as an editorial assistant for The Atlantic Monthly magazine.
In 1990, Oliver returned to Maine and has been living there ever since. She continues to write poetry, essays, and short stories, and has published several books of her work. One of these is A Poet's Guide to Life: Essential Advice from the Masters (1998), which contains poems by twenty-one different poets. Another is Summer Letters in Maine, which was chosen by Booklist as one of the ten best holiday anthologies for 1993 and 1994.
Oliver is known for her simple language and direct style, which has drawn comparisons to Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson.