When I was in my early 20’s, I can specifically remember babbling about where I would be in my late 20’s. What positions I’d have earned, what my life circumstances would look like, what color my NYC apartment walls would be, etc. I had adopted an admittedly ignorant and uninformed perspective built on my privilege and inexperience. Up until that moment, I had grown up with the notion that hard work, dedication and drive were the foundations for success and prosperity. And, I still believe that to some degree.
What I wasn’t told was that while I was busy planning my life, life would be busy taking its course. As I lived, I learned that while we can make plans for our lives were really not in control of it. We have the freedom to plan but life and fate have their own course. We have no control over the twists, turns, setups, setbacks, shifts and twists that will take place in life.
Staring down back over a decade of living, learning, relearning and reprogramming I can honestly say that I have learned to surrender. I have learned to go with the flow, to bloom where I’m planted and to take it day by day, step by step. My eyes have seen the unimaginable, my mind sent to the inexplicable and my heart has experienced the full scope of color and emotion. I don't plan as much now. Rather, I approach each day with an openness, appreciation, faith and a new found courage for the journey ahead.