Don't plan for 10 yrs, embrace your entire future!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

This post is inspired by my cousin Emily and her blog, and of all the things that have happened in the last few years. 

You really never can imagine what life is going to be like 10 years down the road....and I argue that if what you imagine, is what life is actually like 10 years down the road, then you have not taken advantage of the various paths opened to you over the years.

In my mind, if my plans come true exactly as I dreamed, then that means that I was too rigid to accept the various opportunities that would be thrown at me.  A change in plans simply means that I have accepted a new opportunity, and I am adventurous enough to try to see where it leads.  Just as my cousin did not end up where she expected, or doing what she expected 10 years earlier, there is no way I could have predicted the trials and opportunities that would present themselves to me.  10 years ago, I was perfectly happy racing the streets of Huntsville, and was probably going to go to a college closer to home in the South.  But one opportunity leads to another, a letter and a scholarship offer to a college in NY (when I had been looking at colleges almost exclusively in the south), which lead to meeting my future wife (and I had been planning on staying single for a while), who pushed me to be a better man than I was (and encouraged me in my diverse work experiences), which lead me to a job that took me around the world (and gave more confidence in my abilities to adapt and survive in changing circumstances), which gave me the skills and confidence to break out on my own as a consultant (and is now leading to even more opportunities).  Do I know where this will all lead?  Not a chance!  But am I excited to be on the journey?  You bet your patootie!  Because even though I have a few goals for the next few years, I have to be flexible enough to change and adapt to whatever paths are presented to me.

So in response to, and as a comment to Emily's last few posts, even though there may not be any good reason for some of the things that have happened in our lives, I think the point of our lives is to take what is presented to us, and enjoy it and take as much from it as possible.  Because there is no turning back. There is only the future, and whatever it is that we turn it into.  Just like you've taken the sorrow and pain of losing Megan, and now you are able to help others, to make a difference in the life of others who are experiencing some of the same pain.  You have taken a path, a different and completely unexpected path from what you imagined 10 years ago, and though the pain may not ever disappear, I don't think you will ever regret who it has turned you into, or what it will lead you to do.

And this goes for everyone....don't dwell on the past, but remember where you've been.  "If you're always watching the path behind you, how can you see what truly lays ahead?  But remember where you've been, because it can help you choose the best path for the future." - Not sure if it's an actual quote of wisdom, but it sure sounds like it could be
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Lee Ann McAninch on

Great post, Billy. I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of us.

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