Life is full of challenges. Every day we wake up and face new obstacles, triumphs, heartbreaks and miracles. Our expectations rarely match what reality throws at us.
Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything that’s happening now and forget that some day things will be different. And by sometimes, I mean all the time. It takes a wiser person than me to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t try.
Where I’m at right now is nothing life how I envisioned my life. Yes, I’m employed, but not in the field I went to school for. Yes, I technically have a place to sleep but it’s not mine which kind of makes me homeless. Yes, I’m technically an adult but I still feel like a child stumbling through life.
But this won’t last forever.
I think Steven Chbosky said it best in his amazing book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
“This moment will just be another story someday.”
Everything we go through becomes a memory, a story to share with a new friend or your children or a stranger at a bar. Whether it breaks your heart or changes your life in the most magnificent manner, the result is the same. It’s just an occurrence that we reflect on as we get older and occasionally reminisce about.
By that logic, we should live each situation of our lives without fear or regret because everything that happens has a purpose. I shouldn’t panic about where I am because some day, I won’t be here. I’ll be laughing about that time where I didn’t know where I was going to live and I was working in retail.
So that’s my strategy. Whenever the doubt creeps in, threatening my very being, I remind myself that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, and when I’m older I’ll have great stories to share.
I’m not a tragedy. My life is not out of control. I’m ok.