Here’s the funny thing about life…it has its own plans. Now we all like to believe we are in control of our destiny, and to a point we are. However, life likes to color outside the box. It sees our dreams and hopes, our neatly laid plans and laughs. Seriously, think heavy-set mob boss with a cigar permanently glued to his lip belly laughing because we thought we knew best. Life is that mob boss. Life is demanding, painful, vengeful, messy, hilarious, heartbreaking, and beautiful. It’s no wonder we often sit and think, “How did I get here?” We simply don’t understand that well laid plans just beg to be derailed. They are derailed because we don’t always see the big picture. We don’t always see that our dreams could actually be so much more. We also don’t always consider how hard we have to work to reach those dreams. Why? Because they are dreams and we don’t live in that realm. We live here. In this glorious mess of random moments that are designed to test every fiber of our being until we think we can’t do this anymore…and then we keep going. Sometimes we falter, fall apart even. We pick up battle scars like one night stands. If we all took stock of our hearts and minds we would see just how stitched together everything is. There is no timing that matches our wants. There is only endless time that counts on a different clock. Nothing happens when we want it to. Nothing comes together the way we think it should. We demand to know why?! Why?! Why?! Why?! Well, because life. Life is designed to push us to our truest form of self. It isn’t pretty. We will learn that we are both light and dark. Grey areas do exist in each of us every day. None of us can expect sunshine and rainbows, there will be storms. We will be beaten up and abused. We will fail. We will win. We won’t understand anything until we look back and see the path we have been thrown down and bounced around on. Oh, but did I remind you that through all of this painful growth and redirection, there will be these precious beautiful moments where everything makes perfect sense. At least until life takes us for another spin. So when things feel like they are spiraling out of your control, remember a beautiful moment is on the horizon, and while it doesn’t make sense now your whole life is leading you exactly where you need to be.