I met a young woman, maybe 19 or 20 years old, at a craft fair recently who didn’t know what this expression meant. I felt for her like I felt for my own children when I realized they didn’t know who Dolly Parton was. it was like, how did you live for 6 years on this earth without knowing Dolly?!?! I fixed that for them immediately as I did for this woman, probably going on way too long about this beloved expression.
just in case any of y’all out there reading this don’t know, blazing a trail means literally making a path where one has never been before. it means seeing a different way to get where you’re going, then taking a big machete and cutting through the obstacles to making your own trail.
in terms that apply to those of us not hiking in the rainforest or heavily wooded areas on the daily, it means to let yourself see a path that may not be tested. it means listening to your own voice louder than anyone else’s as you decide how to best reach your goals and build your life. Kacey Musgraves sings, “you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. so might as well just do whatever you want.” and I think she’s right. I know from experience that making others happy isn’t a good plan for making yourself happy. the jenni earle recipe for ultimate life bliss is this: define your joy, set your goals then blaze a trail to get there.