I was expecting to get some pretty important news today, but it never came. Trying not to read too much into what that might mean, but I can’t help but feel so anxious.
I feel like I’ve probably mentioned this quote before, but if so, it’s worth repeating. It’s from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “Everything will be alright in the end… and if it’s not alright, it’s not yet the end.”
Now, I’m not a big believer in destiny. I believe people carve their own paths and determine their own fate. For me though, this quote is not about trusting that a higher power has predetermined my good fortune, this quote is about mental orientation. If I believe that things will end well, then they will. What happens in my future may not be or look like I once imagined, but if I maintain my focus on the good, even in the midst of disappointment and sadness, every possible outcome can be in my favor.
Conan O’brien and Stephen Colbert talked a little bit about this on Conan’s podcast, and I think it’s something that seems to be common in many of the great success stories throughout history; that often times the greatest opportunities and experiences of our lives present themselves in ways we did not expect. I’m not trying to compare myself to any of those great successes. More than anything I am trying to convince myself that just because things may not have happened the way I expected them to, that doesn’t mean I can’t make the most of it.
Finally, a lot of this makes me think about all the things I have to be thankful for in my life, my family, my friends, my coworkers, my teachers, my mentors, I probably go on for a while. I am surrounded by people who love and support me, and who push me to be better every day. I would not be who I am or where I am without these amazing, beautiful people in my life.