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We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Yesterday I write about one of the two quotes that I clung to as I left my doctoral program. This is the other one.
I’ve always been a planner, always had a direction, even if it changed as I grew up. In 8th grade, I outlined my first long-term plan. I was going to go to college and become a writer. Yes, 13 year old me was naive. By the time I entered college, I decided to be a psychologist and become a writer later in life. That was going to be my life. The life I had planned.
I like to say life enjoys laughing at me. And while I still think it’s true, I also wonder if the things life throws at me is actually to get me back on track, to point me in the direction I’m supposed to be headed.
Whether or not I’ll be a psychologist, wtiter, or something else is still unknown. But at least I’ve let go of all my plans. I still keep my dreams, but I also keep my mind open. There’s a future for me. It’s in me, waiting to be unlocked. Am I living the life that’s been waiting? Is being a mom my life? Blogging? Something else? I don’t know yet, but I’m keeping my options open and maybe I’ll get a bonk on my head to say, “you’ve arrived.”