Almost every day on some television show, or in some publication, we find the metaphor, “life is a journey” being offered as literature, wisdom, or just fill-some-time dialog. I’m getting tired of hearing about it, myself.
If life is a journey then I am going down a one-way street in the wrong direction. Maybe life is more of a wreck than a journey. Why can’t we say that life is interesting, or comforting, or an opportunity to make friends and money? Why does life always have to be a journey?:
In our speech not only has life morphed into a journey, but almost everything else is becoming journey-ized. Television writers are particularly bad about this. Let’s see where this is leading.
- Life is a journey.
- A relationship is a journey.
- A continuing education class is a journey.
- A bottle of booze is a journey.
- A joint of pot is a journey (technically, a trip).
- A speech is a journey.
- A political campaign is a journey.
We don’t take trips, anymore. That word has become a verb, having special meaning to potheads and crackheads.
Here are some other life metaphors.
- Life is an opportunity.
- Life is a game.
- Life is a wreck.
- Life is a bowl of cherries.
- Life is a bitch.
Well, maybe not all metaphors are as useful.
Anyway, please stop using the life-as-a-journey metaphor. It is starting to make me sick.