“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”
― Lemony Snicket
In life we often find ourselves in times of uncertainty. Whether it’s a start of a new job, a move to a different place, a death of a loved one, or possibly a worldwide pandemic. As humans we are use to routine and planning. We prepare for trips we’ve booked months in advance. We tell our friends we will see them next week for dinner. We plan our weddings and school lunches. We plan our set lists and dance moves. We plan what we will say in our speeches and interviews. Hell, people even get to the point of planning their own funerals. Yet, some things we cannot plan for and I might even be so bold as to say, that we really cannot plan for anything at all. There is no telling what the future holds. There is no telling what even tomorrow will bring.
Now, some people might be scared of that message I just typed out before you. Having NO control. Realizing that all the planning people do could be halted and changed at any moment and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it. It sounds scary, trust me I understand, but let me enlighten you.
When things go unexpectedly, when life strays from the original plan, that is when you grow. That is when you have to step up to new challenges and put on armor you never knew you owned. When your world flips upside-down, so does your perspective. You begin to see things differently. You begin to appreciate what you once took for granted. You become more creative and innovative, attempting to tackle the new challenges that lie ahead.
When life throws you a curve ball, or maybe two or three, its intention is to wake you up. It is supposed to take you to a place you are ready to go and are meant to be. Do not be scared of the unknown but embrace it like the last warm ray of sunshine on a perfect summer day. Like the last hug you give your pet before you leave for work. Get excited when plans get cancelled and you don’t get the job you wanted because those moments are the beginning of something wonderful.
I realize that might sound crazy. To embrace the things that hurt you or disappoint you but when you hit a road block you cannot just stop. You have to push through because the place you are meant to go is right beyond that minor setback. Do not get too comfortable where you are because when you start relying on a perfectly planned schedule, you are no longer living, you are remaining stagnant in an unfulfilling life. Treading water in circles; going nowhere.
If we can learn to embrace the shakes and pulls from the world we can truly turn into the best versions of ourselves. Personal growth is the only thing we should ever plan for. The only thing you can be certain of in this life is that you are going to be challenged. You are going to be pushed to your absolute limits and shaken to your core and you are going to come out the other side a stronger person. This, I can guarantee.