When I was a young girl, I had imagined that when I was an adult that my life would be like a dream, living a carefree life and enjoying only the best adventures. Even at a young age, happiness meant being in control of my life, surrounded by loved ones, with a healthy income providing me with all the comforts I could ever want.
It was much later in life when I finally understood that some plans and experiences might turn out differently. Some because I changed my mind along the way, and some plans effected by other people’s decisions, such as when I went to the office one morning only to learn it was my last day with the firm.
With a gentle heart, I can look back at my youthful dreams and innocence, knowing how those dreams had sent me forward, but life itself had allowed me to take advantage of my so-called shifts. For instance, instead of sitting in the office going over contracts, I am sitting here today, at my home, writing a daily article for a website I designed. This was created by my desire to write and share how even when it seemed that the deck was stacked against me, life gets better. I am the player, and it is up to me on how I play out the hand which I was dealt.
That younger version of me may have had bigger and simpler dreams, but she was too young to understand how life develops over time with unexpected changes, new interests, and opportunities. The unexpected game changes in my life encourage me to take control by choosing the cards to keep, exchanging the ones I no longer need, and know how the next card which life deals me may be the card that changes my life.
Today, I end my writing with words from spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
“Life is a challenge, meet it!
Life is a dream, realize it!
Life is a game, play it!
Life is Love, enjoy it!”