When wayfarers come across each other, travelling on their personal paths, it is understandable that each person will expect the other to see the world through the same prism that appears in front of him or her. If our worldviews are shaped by our individual experiences, how is it possible that one person could know what is best for anyone else?

An opinion formed by observing another person can have elements of truth in it, but is that truth based on objective or subjective facts? Personal likes and dislikes can tinge assessments, thus creating insights that are incompatible with the other person’s way of experiencing the world. This is the reason why some of us choose to function as free spirits.

After the paths have crossed and the wayfarer is drawn to move in a different direction, he or she might look back and realise that his or her opinion has changed. If this traveller has been openly judgemental about lifestyle choices, then he or she feels restricted by the awkward point of view that was previously expressed.

On a very basic level, the moral of the story therefore, is to simply be supportive of fellow wayfarers whenever possible, but not to be intrusive in offering opinions about another person’s approach to working his or her way through a process.

Mistakes are part and parcel of life’s rich tapestry. Perhaps it is a mark of maturity when a previously judgemental person can embrace vulnerability and admit wholeheartedly that he or she has moved on from a particular mindset to another one.