Your life path: Is like a train journey

Written by NRPC Editorial

May 16, 2024

Your Life Path is Like a Train Journey

Imagine a train station with several trains that leave from there and go in different directions. Choosing which train to go on is a bit like choosing your life path. You don’t have unlimited choices, but you have some.


As a baby, you have no choice over your first station. It may be very grand in a large city; it may be small and basic in the countryside, or any other option. All stations are different and have different trains leaving from them. Your first station and train journey have an influence over your life, but you have a choice over how much influence they continue to have.

As you become an adult, you can choose from a number of trains to journey on. They will go different distances and to different places. Some trains might take you all the way to where you want to go, some might not, and you might need to get off one train and go onto another to reach your desired destination. Sometimes the train doesn’t stop at all stations, even though you had expected it to, and you need to make a decision as to what to do about this.

Different trains offer different facilities and different journeys. In addition, train design has changed over the years, and the trains may not now be like they were earlier in your life, and different to what you expected.

A train on offer may be well-maintained and on good rails, or it could be old with rickety rails, and you’re not sure it will make the journey.

The train ride or carriage you choose may be dependent on what you can afford. Or you may opt to look at it a different way and work out how you can afford to go on a particular ride or in a particular carriage.


How much variety do you want on your journey? And for what reason?

Some people stay on the same train for their whole lives, perhaps in the same carriage, maybe even in the same seat. Some people move around and try different trains, different carriages, different seats. They choose different trains for different purposes, such as a high speed, modern train to commute, or a vintage steam train for a scenic trip.

Sometimes you may change trains just to have a different journey and a new experience, or you may get off at a station earlier or later than you had planned to see what is there. You might not know where the train is actually going, but you stay on until the end anyway.

Who You Travel With

You may be on a busy train with many people going in the same direction, or there may be times when you’re the only person in the carriage, doing that part of the journey on your own.

Sometimes there are people on the train that you feel comfortable with and some you wish weren’t there – and some you wish were there.

People can be on the same train as you, but for very different reasons, having different experiences and seeing the journey with different eyes.


There may be a train journey you would like to take, but don’t have the fare, the time, or the wherewithal to do so. Perhaps the train is full, and you can’t get on.

You may go through a tunnel, be in the dark, unable to see or understand what is going on. Sometimes the tunnels are short; sometimes the tunnels are long, and it takes you a long time to get through a dark patch.

You might miss the train you wanted, or miss your station, or embark on a train going in the wrong direction, then have to make decisions as to what do to next. Getting off when the train is moving is not advisable, so if it’s the wrong journey, you have to think carefully about how you make changes.

You may have issues that make it difficult to get on and off the train, and need help from others. The station signs may be in a language you don’t understand, and you are not sure where you are or when to get off. There may be standing room only; the train might break down; there may be something blocking the train’s path; or something may happen so that all passengers have to get off.

Who Can Help on Your Journey?

There might be a conductor on the train who acts as a helper, giving advice regarding the journey, or there may be an announcement letting you know where you are up to and giving instructions for what to do next.

Fellow passengers may be willing to offer help.

You can also call on help from people not on the train.


Part of the train journey is controllable and part is not. You may be able to control which train you get on, how long you stay on for, where you get off and what you do on the journey.

Sometimes there’s a particular seat you want to sit in. It might be empty and you can sit there, or there might be somebody in it, preventing you from sitting where you want. Sometimes you don’t mind where you sit on the train.

Some things are beyond your control, such as how good the driver is, what the weather is like, what condition the carriages are in, if an accident happens, if the train is on time or delayed, or at an inconvenient time of day. Sometimes the train overshoots the station. Sometimes the windows are clean and you can see clearly, sometimes they’re dirty and you can’t. Sometimes the scenery is beautiful, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes the train is modern, sometimes it’s old-fashioned. It might be well-appointed, it might not. You may have no choice as to which side of the train you get off, or who is on the train with you.

Using the analogy of the train, take time to think about why you are choosing a particular train and a particular route … what is your purpose? What is the price? Does it take you some or all of the way? Is the journey simply a means to an end, is it for pleasure, or perhaps for personal growth? Have you chosen it because it gets you there in the fastest time, or has the best scenery, or good company? Is it because it’s an affordable option, or you’re bored, or unsure of which train to take so you take the first one that comes along? Do you have a backup plan if the journey doesn’t go how you want it to?

Your life path is like a train journey; remember, it’s your journey and you have a lot of control over the decisions you make as to what the journey is like and where it goes.

Kim Chamberlain

Kim works in the field of personal and spiritual development, helping people take steps forward in their life. She is the author of a range of books and e-books, runs a Facebook development group, offers webinars, meditations, podcasts, and spiritual support. Her monthly newsletters provide deep wisdom on personal growth topics.

Published : May 16, 2024