The opportunities we work and hope for are often at the end of a long journey. We plan and coordinate, sacrifice, study, and keep working even when it may seem that the long hall will never end. We want to get there so badly and yet all too often it takes longer than we anticipated.
As I look back on my life I see all the places where I made mistakes, learned lessons, and ended up disappointed in myself. These are the milestones that taught me so many things that make me who I am today. I once was asked if I could change anything in my past, what would I change? I thought for a long time and answered that I wouldn’t change a thing. Every trial, disappointment, brush with pain and suffering, every decision has led me to where I am now. If I changed just one thing I would not have ended up where I am today, and I like where I am. I still have pain spots and get disappointed in myself, but I wouldn’t change the past. The valuable lessons I learned along my journey have served me well and taught me how to be who I am right now.
So what journey are you on? What long hallway are you traveling to become who you want to be? What lesson are you learning or have you recently learned that will serve you well? And what lesson have you refused to learn so you keep hitting that wall over and over again? Life is a mystery on purpose. If we knew what was going to happen tomorrow, next week or next year I am not sure we would have the courage to face it all. Allowing the journey to unfold is what prepares us and teaches us the most important thing that will keep us progressing forward; if we knew everything that was going to happen how boring and senseless would it all seem?
I encourage you to be open to the lessons of today; tuck them away for they will serve you in the future. You may not know when or where, but the lessons you learn now prepare you for the challenges and adventures you will encounter in the future. It may not be a fun lesson, and you may be getting tired, simply keep moving forward and learn what you need to learn. Your future self will appreciate it.