‘Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans -John Lennon
Life. It’s happening fast, right? The world we live in is ever-changing, and things are always happening. Time is ticking, and with every second, we’re growing wiser. I think the most valuable lesson I’ve learned at the ripe age of 29 // Life doesn’t give a shit about your plans, like, at all. It’s a tough concept to accept, and sometimes, you just have to let it go. Whatever that ‘it’ is. You have to trust the timing of your life.
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Wouldn’t you agree that the hardships you’ve been through have taught you the most? Those experiences and ‘background’ skills can get you through your next learning experience, and prepare you for the next adventure. (Because, there’s a lot of them!) The reality is, we can’t look into a crystal ball to see what’s ahead (sorry, magic 8 ball) — we simply don’t know what life may throw at us. (and that’s what makes it fun!) As I’m in the midst of planning a wedding, I can’t help but look ahead and get excited for what’s to come. A new home, babies, puppy; the list goes on. Of course, it’s normal to get excited, and envision your future together — but, it’s not okay to leave the present.
I’ve been doing that a lot lately; Swapping out the present for my future. Again, it’s totally fine to get excited about future plans, but I have this habit of ‘staying’ too long. I get lost in this ‘other’ world that’s not even reality, and that’s unhealthy. Why? We need to remember that the present is what matters most, right here and right now. Things can quickly change in the blink of an eye, and we don’t even see it coming.
The unknown is scary at times, inevitable, yet so incredibly beautiful. Be prepared for the worst, but always have faith in the timing of life, as it usually makes sense later on. Opening up your heart, and embracing anything/everything will change your heart and your life in countless ways. Here’s why embracing the unknown will lead you to happiness & success within:
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IT’LL MAKE YOU FEARLESS
When you train your mind to become equipped for anything, fears will slowly start to diminish. This is all mental. Don’t be afraid of the outcome, whatever it may be. Stop being afraid of ‘might be’ and let go of fear. This will single handedly change your life, I promise.
YOU GIVE UP CONTROL
You accept that you have no control over what will happen next. Side note: The earlier you realize this stage in life, the happier you’ll be. You can’t change anyone else, or mold them into ‘who you want them to be’ // I’ve been in countless relationships where I’ve tried to change people, and it just doesn’t work. We’re all on our own journey, and we need to embrace compassion and acceptance from within; even if we don’t agree with it.
YOU’LL HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR REACTIONS
Perhaps, the most important one for me. We do have control of how we react to certain situations. (Embrace this control, it’s important) Didn’t pass that big exam? Or, didn’t get approved for your ‘dream house’? Make those reactions infectious, and always have faith in these situations. (Ah, so incredibly hard). When good intentions are present, it’ll transpire to people around you. Remember to stay positive, and have the courage to keep going, with a smile on your face.