The traditional dream follows this pattern:
- Go to college
- Find the love of your life
- Plan the perfect princess fairy-tale wedding
- Go on a Honeymoon to some exotic location
- Start your life together in a gorgeous house with a white picket fence
- Have a job that you love more than you thought and the pay is out of this world
- Have children who never fight
- Get a dog (or a cat)
Sure, that is perfect! Except that I do live in a reality of the curve balls. It is the bottom of the ninth and the bases are loaded. The game is so close, only separated by one point. I’m the pitcher and it is up to me to strike the batter out. First pitch and it’s a home run. We lose. Now apply it to life and you seem to have mine 🙂
I am not complaining though! If life was perfect, there would be no chance to grow and improve. To discover you are stronger than you thought. However, sometimes the curve balls come at the most inopportune time. Say, you have just purchased a vehicle and find out your job is no longer needed. Panic right?
For some, and myself, yes! The first few days after letting the news sink in that I did not have a job to return to after almost five years were difficult. There were tears, lots of tears! I was able to take some time to really think about things and approach the curve ball with a new perspective. I was calmer. Sleep was a something I enjoyed. I did NOT need to set an alarm clock. Well, I should say physically set one. I do have three dogs who make up the puppy brigade. They are very persistent that 5:00AM is the ONLY time that they can go to the bathroom. After that many years, old habits die-hard 🙂 But that is not the point.