Those of you who have read my posts in the past, and all of you who know me, know that I’ve lived a pretty interesting life. I’ve had the opportunity to experience things that many people only dream of experiencing. Some people spend their whole life chasing a dream that they never get to see become a reality. I got to live my childhood dream, and am now chasing another dream. As much as I like to focus on the successes I’ve enjoyed in my life, I don’t want people to think that I’m somehow magically immune to reality. I try my best to live in a fantasy world whenever I can, but, just like everyone else, I have to deal with reality. Things don’t always go as planned. Right now is a time in my life that I’m being reminded of what has gotten me to this point in my life.
The past couple of weeks have been less than ideal, to put it nicely. At the very end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, it seemed like everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. I won’t go into specifics, but it just seemed like things in my life started to drag me down, and then started kicking me while I was already down. Life has a way of doing that sometimes.
There is a lot that has suddenly piled up on me lately, and I’m trying my best to take care of everything at the same time. Anybody who has been in a similar situation knows that it rarely works well to try to take on too much at one time. Hopefully things will start to settle down to the point where I can focus on one or two tasks at a time in the near future.
I decided going into 2018 that I will find a way to stay happy and positive throughout the year. Life never goes perfectly, but there are always ways to be positive when things aren’t going well. It’s all just a matter of the attitude with which you choose to go into the situation. While talking on the phone with my dad earlier tonight, he reminded me that life always has a way of working out for the best in the end. I told him that the ONLY reason I’m not completely stressed out right now is because I know that I have made it through worse situations in my life, and things have always worked out eventually. It doesn’t make the situation any easier to resolve, but it does help me to focus more on the big picture.
Nowadays, more than any other time I know of, people want things to happen instantly. With the technology we have now, pretty much anything you could want is at your fingertips and is usually available instantly. I think people tend to forget that that’s not always the case in life. Things don’t always happen instantly, and that frustrates people, because they’re so used to not having to wait for anything. They start to wonder if certain things will never happen for them, just because it’s not working out instantly. A great reminder for all of us is that life is a process. You can’t just snap your fingers and things magically happen. Most people get to live a long life. Things keep happening and changing throughout the course of your entire life. Just because something isn’t happening as quickly or as smoothly as you had hoped doesn’t mean it will never happen. Make the best of your journey through life. Hard times may get you down, but just remember that it’s only temporary. Nothing lasts forever. Both good times and bad times eventually fade away. They cycle throughout your life. When something good in your life goes away, something else will replace it. Your life isn’t over. You just have to keep going and remember that more good times await you in the future.
I’ve said repeatedly in my previous posts that I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. The things you’ve always dreamed of may not be as great as you had hoped. Things you’ve never wanted may end up surprising you and may be exactly what you need. I don’t know where this journey through life will lead, no one does. But, I know that whatever happens will lead to where I’m supposed to end up. Life isn’t a result, it’s a process. Follow the process. Trust in the process. Believe in the process. And, as always, never give up!!