When I was younger, my dream was to be a writer for the New York Times or Time Magazine.
Now I’m still living in the area where I grew up, writing and editing for a publication during the day and channeling me feelings and thoughts here by night/on weekends/whenever inspiration strikes.
I can honestly say I never thought I’d be where I am in life right now. And here’s why I’m grateful for that.
I’m glad I didn’t live up to my old potential high dreams. I don’t think I’d be miserable if I had that life right now, but I’m honestly glad I don’t.
So that’s what I had written for this post when I got the idea to write it a few weeks ago, before I was let go from my job. Funny how life works out sometimes, right?
I was thinking about it today, and I genuinely wouldn’t change how anything has happened in my life. None of it.
I used to wish I could just change a “tiny” thing here or there, like not accepting certain jobs or wanting to apply different jobs or other things like that. But if everything in my life hadn’t unfolded exactly as it had, I have no idea what my life would look like now. And I actually really enjoy my life.
Right now I’m job searching after being let go, we’re dealing with my husband’s aunt’s estate after she passed away a few weeks ago and there are other obstacles life has thrown in our way recently. But I wouldn’t change a thing.
We wouldn’t have had some of the conversations we’ve had if we didn’t need to because of outside circumstances. I wouldn’t be on this spiritual and personal development journey if I hadn’t been let go from two jobs. I wouldn’t be writing about self-love, body positivity, grief, life and more if I hadn’t let my blog transform from just being about beauty and makeup, like it was in the beginning. The list goes on.
Regardless of what’s happening on your life, I hope you wouldn’t change anything either. I know life is full of so many twists and turns, and some of them are downright rude and maybe even unnecessary. I totally get and understand that.
But also think about the person you are today versus the person you were before all of these things happened.
We’ve all had to change and grow and adapt to the circumstances around us, especially the negative and tough ones. But it’s how we react to all of that that really shapes us as people.
I would not be as strong, confident and vulnerable as I am today if I hadn’t been bullied and tormented growing up. That’s the honest truth. Even though most circumstances are out of our control and we’d have nothing to do with them if we could, that’s sadly not how life works.
Every single event in our life shapes us and changes us in some way, whether we realize it or not.
And while I honestly have no stinkin’ idea of what the future holds for me, I’m really excited about that. There are endless possibilities out there, waiting for me. And there are for you, too.