Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Not Where I Planned

This isn't the story I would have written. If you had handed me a pen at age 20, 25, 30, and you had said, 'Here... use this to write your life. Write what happens to you. Write what you do and what you say. Write what is said and done to you. Write your choices, write your path..." This isn't the story I would have written.

In reality, I have found myself meandering down paths that I didn't even know existed. Sometimes they were paths that I probably shouldn't have taken. And sometimes they led me places that I never intended to go. I said and did things that I never would have planned. Things were said and done to me that I never would have chosen.

and yet... this is where I am. And though where I am is perhaps not where I planned to be, where I am is also a beautiful place. It has been arrived at through joy and through sorrow, through pain and through triumph. I have learned lessons that I didn't even know I needed to learn.  And sometimes the only story I had to tell, at the end of the path, was that I survived. There were no pretty lessons all tied up in bows and easy morals, but just that I survived.

This isn't the story I would have written.  But, it is the story I am living.  Perhaps that story is far more important than anything else I could have done.



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