" Live life a little more on the edge, instead of chasing the next accomplishment and trying to please others."-Emily Giffin
Today I got to thinking about plans and how unreliable they can be.
Are you doing what you thought you would be doing or did you allow life to take its twists and turns to get you where you are?
I always wanted to be a doctor and writer but my reasons for why I wanted to do these were different then from what they are now. There was a lot of healthy idealism thrown into the mix of the old version of that plan...idealism that I miss sometimes.
(But I can finally say that I am elated with how things turned out. Had I gone according to my old plan, I would have missed out on some incredible experiences.)
I always hear that the twenties are a time when people are disillusioned about their career paths or maybe even dismayed about where they ended up vs. where they thought they would be.
Am I where I should be?
Is this best for who I am?
Will this be nourishing forever?
But I imagine that these types of questions never really leave us. Maybe they follow us into marriage, parenthood, career switches, even daily decisions.
And maybe that's a good--no, a great--thing.
Because these questions show us that we are never truly done, that the essence of life is searching for answers, in big and small ways.
"The Bhagavad Gita---that ancient Indian text---says it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection. So now I have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling me now, thoroughly."
Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love