Wednesday, July 18, 2012
...cHooSe yOuR oWn aDvEntuRe...
I thought about these series of books as I was lying in bed the other night thinking about the twists and turns my life has made. It was as though my life was a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. I went back in time to the first situations that I can recall that really shaped who I am and the subsequent choices that I made. I tried to imagine where my life would be had certain things NOT happened to me. I fantasized about how much more confident I might have turned out to be or how much "better" things might have turned out for me. I walked through every step and just like the books I loved as a child, the ending was always different. Many times, the way my imagined life turned out was simpler, more successful and almost always there were less scars from hurts and disappointments. There was always something good, but there were also always things that were missing from the end of the story.
All of our choices...all of our experiences make us who we are. We can become better and happier than we ever thought if we are willing to stop going down the same path and decide to make different choices. We can make changes...turn the pages back...and choose a different path with a better ending. Your life is YOUR adventure. YOU have to choose to work hard. YOU have to choose to make changes. YOU have to choose to be strong. Don't let anyone else make your decisions or choose where your life goes. YOU choose your own adventure!