If you’ve ever found yourself at a crossroads without directions, you probably know about the uncertainty. Is the Google Assistant correct — should I make a right turn? — or do I follow the road signs?

Like the desert road I photographed last week while driving from Phoenix to San Diego, you can’t really see what’s ahead or where everything ends.

Life is filled with crossroads, too, and the decisions we make at them are sometimes more permanent. I’ve found myself at that same metaphorical juncture recently with my kids. After an exhausting month on the road, do we continue with this ambitious road trip, despite unexpected obstacles? Do we head home? Where is home, anyway?

There are no directions for life’s crossroads. There’s no Google Assistant or Siri or sign to guide you. You’re on your own. You can’t really know what’s in the future until you get there — and the only way to get there is to make a choice now.

This morning, we’re in Temecula, Calif., in Southern California wine country. We’re staying at a HomeAway rental up on a hill, and it’s really remote but beautiful. My brother Dustin graduates from San Diego State this morning and he faces a world of possibilities. I feel we have a lot in common: Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. There is optimism — and freedom.

If you’re at a similar crossroads in your own life, here’s wishing you all the wisdom you need to make the right choice. And if you aren’t, consider yourself fortunate.

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