I’m sure for a lot of us, we have had an image or idea of the kind of life plan, or life path that we wanted to take. For some of us, we have had an idea of the “perfect life” since we were children. Maybe we dreamed of going to college, getting married, then having children, or maybe our goal was to graduate high school, become an entrepreneur, and explore the world. Whatever your ideal life had looked like, I am sure that it is somewhat quite different than you had envisioned.
I think with anything in life, we have some sort of idea of how we want, or expect things to play out. We have this vision of what would happen if we could perfectly lay out the foundation of our own lives. I know with my own life personally, I had a vision of my “perfect” life and what I had hoped would happen this far. Overall, I have achieved many things that I wanted, however the way in which I obtained them, or the order in which they occurred in my life was nothing like I ever expected. Like many, I have had some tremendous hurdles, road blocks, and detours in life. If someone would have sat me down and told me all that was going to happen in my life, I probably wouldn’t have believed them. Life rarely turns out like we expect it to and I think sometimes we get so set on how life should be that it really catches us off guard when life does not go as planned.
Life takes us down some very unexpected paths. We have this vision of how we want life to unfold and in reality, our lives are nowhere near this dream or ideal life. Nothing and no one is perfect. While it’s excellent to have goals, visions, and plans, we must also be cautious enough to not bank so much on certain things in the event that they do not play out, or do not play out as we expected. We can make plans, but we are not in full control of what happens to us.
I am thankful for the good and the bad in life and although I may not understand why some things happened the way they did, or why certain things have not come into my life, I am blessed for what I do have and excited for what will come in the future. There is beauty in not knowing, there is beauty in the strength that comes from challenges and struggles. There is no such thing as a perfect life, but our life is special and has a purpose even if it doesn’t turn out the way we had expected it to, it’s still a very beautiful gift.