Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.
This quote has always resonated with me. Even before I discovered what it would truly mean to me. 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. Well, life always gets the last laugh as I have come to learn.
While growing up, I was hell-bent on being an actress. But one day, I realized that my headshot and resume were burning a hole in the floor of my bedroom closet–while 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.
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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. Nor the subsequent out-of-state move six months after we finally got engaged. However, we got married in a beautiful ceremony after 13 years together.
My cancer diagnosis 2 years into our marriage 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. But 2 years after battling and winning against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I gave birth to The Deuce. In the same hospital where I was diagnosed and treated.
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We made a third out-of-state move, but it was back to Louisiana. Home. At 40+ years old, I also planned to have 2 or 3 kids by now. I have 1 who is the light of my life and fills my heart. An in-state move occurred and now another one is imminent. With every change, I get a chance to experience something new, gain new friends, and make more memories with my family. Life is good.
Finish this sentence: Life is…
How many cities have you lived in?
See ya later,