Sometimes, it’s too hard to be grateful when there are so many things that seem to be out of reach and out of their right place. When you have prayed for something so hard and yet your prayers seem to fall on deaf ears.
It’s so easy to lose hope when every day you always try to make things work, but over and over again you are met with failures and disappointments. It can feel like being stuck in a comedy movie, except it’s starting to not be funny anymore.
But you know what? When things don’t go the way you planned or imagined it to be, that’s when you need to really ask yourself: Am I in the right story? Am I living up to who I am or just always shrinking myself to fit someone else’s vision of me?
It might be confronting to say, but sometimes our dreams and plans aren’t really ours anymore. Remember when you were a child and you could dream more freely? Those were some better days. Now, it seems that you need to be this, you need to be that, or you need to be everything that the world deems to be important. And if you are not, then you are doing it wrong.
But if you really think about it, the world’s impositions on you matter way less than what you believe to be valuable for you. Life does not come with a manual. So there’s really no right or wrong way to do life. Sometimes, you just have to do what feels right and purposeful to you.
At the end of the day, you are the only one who will have to live with your choices and their consequences. Make sure that when everything has been said and done, you can bravely say, as Mandy Hale beautifully put it, that “you chose your life and didn’t settle for it.”
And when your plans simply do not align with what’s meant for you, learn to gracefully let go. Because when you begin to let go of your preconceptions, that’s when you can truly start to clearly realize that you don’t have to follow a set path; you have the power to pave and carve a way that is completely yours and only yours to walk on.