Enjoy Life’s Detours

Welcome to another edition of “Take It In.” Today, I want to explore a facet of life where “taking it in” is really helpful. I am talking about when life gets all topsy turvy, non-linear, and just plain crazy. These are those times when you are not where you think you should be. You don’t have the job, housing arrangement, or relationship status you expected. I am experiencing a lot of this in my life right now. The good news is that this is okay, and it’s pretty normative.

I was looking at the paths of success of different icons. So many had a very tumultuous journey to where they are now. The path of Steven King, one of the most prolific authors of all time, stuck out the most to me. When he was my age, he was a janitor and living in a trailer working on his writing. He was not world renowned, yet. He got his break in 1974 at the age of 27 with the breakout success of Carrie. The rest is history as they say.

I could go on with many other examples, and I encourage you to look them up. The point I want to drive home is that success is not on a timetable. Your path is likely not linear. You will have jobs you maybe don’t like and relationships that break down. Each experience is its own unique lesson. Life is a cumulative exam, and the knowledge you gain in the past will help you in the future.

If you graduated with a degree in biology and you are working as a customer service representative, don’t lose heart or feel ashamed. This is your launch pad. You are still gaining professional experience and building crucial skills such as communication and office technology. Keep looking for opportunities to break into your field, even if its an internship with a local company or volunteering at an animal shelter. Favor rests upon those who never quit.

I did not ever plan on becoming a writer or media professional of any sort. Yet, I found myself working at a local newspaper. I learned so much doing my time there. Not just technical skills such as digital photography, but how much I truly love writing. Now here I am blogging and doing freelance content writing. I love it all and have learned so much. While I have other long-term aspirations, this unexpected detour has been an important part of my journey. Start enjoying yours today. May God bless and keep you, and see you next week.

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”

– Søren Kierkegaard

Image by Lorri Lang from Pixabay

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