Wow! Truer words have never been spoken! Starting over IS never easy. Yet and still many of us have had to do just that... Start over. Why? because it was necessary to our survival. Either we lost our job, lost our significant other or lost our minds... temporarily that is! Anyway, in each of these cases we've had to reevaluate ourselves and our lives in order to do just that... Live.
I promised that my posts will be honest and will speak to my experiences and the experiences of those who wish to share them on my blog. The following, although may be tinted with a bit of humor is the truth and the facts as they have happened. I'm sharing this (not too much details, of course, but you'll get the gist) in order to show that through any negative circumstance you can emerge triumphant.
Not too long ago, I've found myself in a situation that was for one, totally beyond my control, impossible to stop and most of all totally F'd up!. This life altering "circumstance--is what I'll call it" effected me in such a way that it has not only changed my life, but the life of my kids, family and my friends. The sad thing is that it not only happened to me but thousands of others--actually more like millions. Just imagine. You are celebrating New Year's Eve with your friends and colleagues and the very next day, you all will be without a job. Now, that's F'd up!!
Now, the silver lining...
I'm a strong believer in the saying, "things happen for reason." Everything has a purpose and ultimately is "meant" to happen. For YEARS I had been putting off going back to school. I wanted to become a web designer. I wanted to follow my brother's footsteps and learn how to create graphic designs and cool websites. I'd been using my job responsibilities as an excuse. "I don't have enough time" is what I was telling myself. Then came the kids and then that became another excuse. Guess God had to show me that there was no acceptable excuse and if I put my mind (and heart) to it, I could accomplish anything.
My Pot of Gold...
November, 2011 I have realized my dream and can now call myself a web and graphic design artist. After I was --cough, cough-- laid off from my job I enrolled in an online program that made it possible for me to learn the skills and realize my dream The plan is now to begin my career doing the very thing that I'd been foolishly putting off for all those years for apparently no good reason at all.
Yes, we may have to start over, but it is not the end. It is the beginning of a new life that God has intended for us. Guess another great saying fits here: "when one door closes another opens". Or as in the wise words of a great friend--don't wait for that door to open, KNOCK THAT BITCH DOWN!! Follow your dreams no matter what circumstances you face. God is with you. He loves you and guides you. He will not let you fall. Don't let your own fears and insecurities keep you from realizing YOUR dream!!
Peace and Blessings to you all!