There is no other way to say it. In life, unexpected things happen. You have grand plans, big dreams, things to do, places to go…and then something unexpected happens to interrupt it all. That changes your life.
I think what matters is not what happens to you, but what you do with your unexpected life. Do you give up and quit because life didn’t turn out according to your plan? Do you keep at it, but complain incessantly until no one can tolerate your whining or stand to be around you? Or do you take what you have and seek to create a life of meaning, that brings you happiness and joy, in spite of it all?
I choose happiness and joy. But I don’t believe happiness or joy is a place you arrive at. It is something you have to look for and let yourself feel along the way…of an unexpected life.
Perhaps Alfred D. Souza said it best: ”For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin, real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles WERE my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness IS the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”
Following is my journey, seeking happiness, joy and LIFE, in spite of it all.
The unexpected life.