Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected

Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected.  The Path of Life is Unexpected

Did you ever really think your life would be what it is today? Did you plan it out to perfection only to realize the exact opposite of what you had always visioned? Trust me when I say, Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.Paulo Coelho

For my entire life growing up, I always imagined I’d do everything the same way that my parents had, the “happily ever after” parts of course.  I’d be married by 24, have 3 kids, a girl and a boy and whatever came next.  I would be a professional Artist Type.  My husband would be just like my father: humorous, charming, and a super loving Life-of-the-Party!  I would be the best friends to my kids & so wise, speaking honesty from the heart, just like my mother!  My kids would be exceptional in school and quirky artsy with Mohawks and colored hair.

The truth is, as much as we plan our lives, it NEVER works out as a Science.  We follow a mathematical route of High school + College + Job + Marriage + Kids = Successful Career + Healthy Happy Children + Loving Marriage + White Picket Fence… and then we leave the planet with our famous legacy behind us!

That’s exaggerated youthful optimism.

Don’t get me wrong… my life is far more amazing than I could have ever imagined!  My life is like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, except I didn’t meet Richard Gere on the street corner;  I was his cocktail waitress in a nightclub.   I never imagined being married to a fabulously romantic Italian, or being a foreigner in another country… with a home in Italy… or living on a sailboat ~ I get nauseously ill on boats!  I never imagined having multiple miscarriages, nor that nervous breakdown after realizing that I might not ever become a mother, or a grandmother.  The entire future that I had planned for myself needed a new future.  Just saying that LIFE is something that you can never completely plan.

The truth is, that Life throws situations at us so fast that we don’t even know what’s happening until we are knee-deep in Reality, the good & the bad.  Life works out best when we are flexible and ready for the unexpected.  Life is about taking risks to meet our goals & being confident in ourselves and our core values.  My philosophy rests in believing in myself… being optimistic for the future, expecting the worst, and standing strong on my beliefs that guide me along the most inspiring path.

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.Jamais Cascio