You Can Quote Me On That 14 comments

You Can Quote Me On That by Being A Wordsmith

Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. 

                                                                                                                             -John Lennon


This quote has always resonated with me. Even before I discovered its existence. I have been a planner for as long as I can remember. Maybe not a great one, but for most things, I have something in mind. Might be more of a dream than a strategy…you get the idea, right? Well, life always gets the last laugh as I have come to learn.


While growing up, I was determined to be an actress. I auditioned, did community theatre, local TV commercials, and even landed a starring role in a documentary for The History Channel. Several years after earning a Theatre degree, I realized that my headshot and resume were burning a hole in the floor of my bedroom closet. But always out in the open were unfinished manuscripts and short stories that I had written. I remember that painful moment when it hit me that an acting career wasn’t going to happen no matter how much I thought I wanted it. I felt a sense of relief as I began to focus on my writing skills.


When Hubby and I were dating many, many years ago, I just knew that we would get married a few years after college. I had not planned on his job offer at a company over 800 miles away the same week he graduated from college. Nor did I plan on us living that far apart for almost 5 years.


My cancer diagnosis in 2005 threw everything in my life into a tailspin. Planning of any kind was off the table for quite a while. Treatments, doctor visits, tests, lab work, and my job were all dictated by medical staff. Sure, they were saving my life, but all I could see was my lack of control. They told me where, when, and how to do everything. I had to learn to let go. That was…hard.


At 40 years old, I also planned to have 2 or 3 kids by now…


I did not become a famous actress. I became a famous wife and mother, because that’s how Hubby and The Deuce see me. Hubby and I did not get married when I thought we would. We married when we were older and a little bit wiser. I did not have control of my daily activities when I was sick. I learned to stop sweating the small stuff and I am healthier. I do not have a house full of kids. I have one who is the light of my life and fills my heart. Life happened to me while I was busy making other plans and because of it, I am happier.

What is your favorite quote?

This post is for Day 4 of the Blog Every Day In May Challenge: Favorite quote and why you love it

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14 thoughts on “You Can Quote Me On That

  • The Vanilla Housewife

    Wow, thank you for sharing. Some things in life we definitely cannot set in stones but it usually turns out for the better. Dropping by from your Sunday Sip feature.

  • alisonhector

    My favorite quote is in my tag line for all my personal e-mail accounts, and it's one that I made up myself: “God is faithful always and in all ways.” i'm with you on the mustard seed faith. Ever seen one of those seeds? Miniscule. But that's all we need to carry us through. So glad that you have passed through the valley of cancer and lived to tell the tale and give God glory for delivering you.

    Take care, Kimberly!
    My recent post Faith looks up!

  • Barb

    Love the quote by John Lennon, so true as you know, and I love the comment about “mustard seed faith”, it reminded me of something from years ago and is SO right. Will be following your words… xoxo
    My recent post Early Mornings

    • BeingAWordsmith

      Sorry for commenting so late, Barb. This one got past me somehow. I am a true believer that things happen for a reason. You may not know why at the time but eventually you see why. Thanks for stopping by!
      My recent post Foto Friday: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

  • Joi

    I don't have a favorite but I love how you made this one come to life with ths post. Your life is blessed & I'm happy we've connected. I'm a planner as well and nothing in my personal life is how I planned, but I trust God to lead me down the correct paths. Maybe I'll get married a little later too 😉

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I have mustard seed faith and that's why I keep pushing through. He may not come when you want Him, but He's always right on time. Okay, girl, don't make me start preaching on here. As always, I appreciate you.

  • misssrobin

    I love that quote, too. Sometimes I'm really grateful life didn't turn out the way I expected. It would have been so boring compared to the life I have. I would have been much more shallow.

    Thanks for sharing your story. I love reading about the lives of others, including struggles. It sounds like you're just where and who you should be. I'm glad you're happy.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.