I posted this as a status on FaceBook a while back, but I thought it was worth repeating.
“When I was young I wanted to be the next Stephen King. If you’d told me that I’d grow up to be a minister and Doctor of Metaphysics dominating the ideology category of an up-and-coming website, I’d have laughed at you. I used to be poor and selfish and only looked out for myself. If you’d told me that in a few years time I’d be a loving, spiritual person dedicating more and more of my life to helping others, I’d have scoffed in disgust. When I was in my teens and 20’s I was sick and in pain all the time. If you’d told me I’d be healthier at 35 than I’d ever been, and cured of most of my ailments, I might have smacked you.
Never underestimate the changes that can take place in your life and where you can end up. You may never see it coming in your wildest dreams. I wouldn’t change it though. My life has been a strange and twisty road, and yet the path keeps opening up to such wonderful destinations. Sometimes your dreams and where you really need to be are different, but that might just be a good thing.”
Fairly often, I look at who I was and how I used to live in comparison to who I am and how I live now. It blows my mind. There are things that I still haven’t achieved or gotten, but there has been so much change, especially in who I am as a person. I never would have thought I’d be here someday.
Even when I was trying to be hopeful and trying to change, I couldn’t see this coming. I never would have set this as the path i wanted to live. I love my life and my work and who I’ve become, but it was not the path that I would have chosen for myself. When I let go of my ideas of what I wanted, the universe gave me what I needed. If I’d kept fighting for what i thought I wanted out of life, I would have missed out on so much and probably not become the amazing human being I am today.
The overall lesson is to have your dreams and hopes, but be open to life taking you in directions you never would have considered. Listen to your gut and go with your inspiration. You never know where you’ll end up or what amazing things you’ll experience on the way. You may end up happier in the long run than you would have been if you fought for that life you thought you wanted.