I uttered a phrase yesterday that I’ve mindlessly stated hundreds of times before, only this time it struck me differently.
“One day I’ll look back on this and laugh.”
But when does that day come?
When can I finally begin to look back on those trying times that I wanted so badly to give up?
What are the moments that I can look back on now? Times that I can laugh at myself, smile at the absurdity of the situation, or learn from the once terrifying mistake that is now nothing more than a valuable lesson.
A moment when you finally learned that listening to others won’t take you the places you want to go.
An onslaught of unfortunate events that led you into state of utter despair, yet you persevered.
Good or bad, failure or triumph, the experiences we’ve had inevitably shape who we are as individuals. But it’s not the event that changes us; it’s our reaction to that event. This is one of the most important, yet hardest lessons we can ever learn.
So, when is that day we can look into the past and laugh, learn, and smile at our most memorable blunders?
Don’t wait for someday to roll around – you’ll be waiting forever. Take a moment to reminisce about those times of embarrassment or disappointment and think about how they’ve changed your life. Write them down. Share them with a friend. Gather strength from them and use it to grow. Laugh, smile, and appreciate all the bullshit you’ve gone through that has made you who you are now.
After all, you are exactly where you’re meant to be. Embrace it and continue marching forward.
Enjoy The Journey
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