Your life isn’t what you thought it was going to be when you grew up? I know mine isn’t. It’s actually far from what I had “planned,” but it’s been one hell of a ride filled with the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Not everyone’s journey is the same. Almost 30, not married, no family of my own, and currently lacking passion for my current job, that’s me. Not to disregard my amazing friends, family, and love for Nashville where I currently reside, but my life isn’t what I expected it to be. So what’s next?
As what would have been my two-year wedding anniversary, August 13, is fast approaching, I realize more than ever how important it is to really appreciate today. If Brandon, my fiancé, were still alive I know my life would be very different than it is today. I am beyond grateful for every moment we spent together. A seven-year relationship abruptly ended by death is something I never wish anyone to experience.
Brandon enjoyed life more than anyone I’ve ever known; he was genuinely the happiest person I’ve ever met. I know in my heart that if the situation were reversed, he would have continued to surround himself with amazing people, experience new things, and live life to its fullest. Because of him I’m inspired to do the same. Knowing him genuinely changed me forever; it changed that way I see the world. He pushed me to step out of my comfort zone.
It’s good to step out of your comfort zone – to meet new people and experience new things – that’s what makes life interesting. Embracing the unexpected and learning from past experiences makes living in the moment possible.
A few months back I had a mini life crisis that made me take a step back and re-evaluate and refocus my life. Even just slightly altering your perception of your reality can drastically affect the experiences you will have. It may be time for a routine revamp to switch things up and give yourself a fresh start.
Challenge yourself to say yes to something new
once a day. Even making little changes on a daily basis will have a huge impact on your life. Once you begin trying new things, unexpected doors will open. Some of the closest people in my life are people I have met while trying something new. You don’t know what you don’t know, so don’t be afraid to embrace the unexpected!