Driving through Sydney recently and having to pay the tolls on the motorways got me thinking about people who pay the tolls, and people who would prefer to go the long way to avoid them. Tolls are put in place to recoup the money spent on the construction of the motorway (and perhaps a little more), but what do you get for your toll? Theoretically, you get a more direct route to your destination in a shorter time and are, in essence, by virtue of a quicker trip, buying time. This seems like a great little metaphor for life.
Everyone wants to succeed in life, everyone has a different road to get there, and everyone is looking for that shortcut to make their destination, or goal, that much more achievable. However, if you want to jump on the motorway and take the more direct route to your goals, you have to be willing to pay the tolls. If you want to succeed in your career or business, sacrificing time with your family and friends is the toll you pay. If you want to retire early or travel on expensive holidays, forgoing spending and gratification now is the toll you pay. If you want to get fitter or healthier, hours of exercise and less eating out is the toll you pay. In life, there is always the long way to get around the tolls, and maybe you will still end up at the same destination, but often the toll is a small price to pay compared to what awaits you further down the road.
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