The tiny little dictionary I have in my work desk defines the word "journey" as "to travel."
I bring this up because the word "journey" has become one of those go to words that's being used WAY too much.
Don't believe me? Okay, ponder this: Recently I completed...sort of...Gold's Gym 12 week body challenge. I've now been asked to write an essay detailing my "journey" during the challenge.
I'm not going to address the fact that the gym has given me HOMEWORK. Not today anyway.
|I know why there's tape over Simon's mouth...Paula used the word "JOURNEY" once too often.|
I suppose you could make an argument that contestants on American Idol do go through a journey of sorts. Maybe you could argue that their transformation from unknown to household-name-for-about-three-weeks is a journey.
|You can fit Ryan in your pocket and |
carry him around!
|The difference between Dobby |
the House Elf
and Ryan Seacrest?
So he's not on a journey. He's hanging out in his basement lair and treading water in school until he's completed the credits he needs to be out of school. Then he'll tolerate college only until he finds a job that will pay him enough so he can move out of his in our basement and into someone else's basement. It's not a journey. It's getting from point A to point B.
Just like the Gold's Body Challenge was not a journey for me. It was getting from point A to point B and hopefully losing some weight in the process. I did find out some things about myself, both physically (I have arthritis, and I won't die if I run for three minutes in a row) and mentally (My brain is not as smart as my body when it comes to running on a treadmill because my brain does not believe that a fluffy girl like me CAN run. Note, I said, CAN, not SHOULD. Two different things entirely. Just because I CAN doesn't mean I SHOULD.)
Not everything is a journey. Not even travel. Driving to your mother's house on Easter is NOT a journey. Unless your mother lives in Argentina and you live in Alaska. And you travel by stagecoach and it takes you two months. Then it might be a journey. Other wise, you're just taking a trip.
So I'll be writing my essay at some point. I think it's due in a month. And yes, I am one of those people who did everything at the last minute. But I will NOT use the word "journey."
At least, not if I can help it.