On Changing Direction

Monday, October 16, 2017

I vividly remember my high school self and how obsessed I was with planning my life. Around graduation, I came up with intense five yand ten-year plans. Get a Bachelor's degree, find the perfect job, get married, etc. Now,  at the five-year mark, I'm fully aware that a lot of the things I had planned for myself likely aren't happening now. Instead, I'm still coping with my parent's divorce, figuring out what exactly I want to do with my degree and generally just lost. 

I know it's not realistic or healthy to constantly wonder about how my life could have been if certain things did or did not happen. Certain things are simply out of my control and I have to live with that. But, I have learned in the past few years that there are many more things that are within my control and I can decide how I handle life's disappointments. So what do you do when things don't go to plan? Change course, of course! 

Each second we have is an opportunity to reinvent the wheel, make a change, start something new. You don't have to operate within other people's constraints - especially if they are hurting you in any way. You can reclaim your time and start over again if you need to. You are the master of your own fate and ultimately in control of your own timeline. 

Even the most rigid of plans can be changed as we change and grow. Sometimes things don't always work out as we plan, and that's okay. Life has several paths and we are explorers. Though the journey may not always be easy, whenever we reach our intended destination - we'll look back and know it was worth it. 

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