“Things happen for a reason”, is probably one of my biggest pet peeve quotes ever. I mean really? It offers no explanation or rationale to the situation at hand, merely suggesting that fate is like an indecisive teen at a Starbucks for the first time; it has no clue what it wants and you’re inconvenienced by the process. Well, as fate would have it, I ran into one of my neighbors and ended up having a very much needed talk.
I walk a few miles twice a day with the furchild, so I was out on my nighttime stroll and I decided to sit outside on the porch with Abbey to just enjoy the beautiful night’s sky. A few minutes into it, Abbey starts to whine as if she sees something, turns out, it was the dog from two doors down. He’s a friendly little dude so he came up to Abbey and they did the obligatory “sniff your butt” greeting. He was at my porch for a minute or so and out comes his owner, super apologetic. I didn’t mind as I was happy that Abbey is being more social with other dogs. Seeing as I’ve been working from home, I was in desperate need to talk to a human being as I’m sure my dog is getting tired of me talking to her.
So we ended up chatting and we got on the subject of work and I explained my departure from corporate slavery into freelance writing. I admitted that I was having trouble getting my footing and felt lost more than half the time. For someone with so many options, I still felt option-less. I also mentioned that I wasn’t sure I was up to the task and maybe I needed to return to the “real world” Jamie (her name I later found out) was incredibly understanding of my situation and listed a number of books to read and a site about creating a manifest journal to help streamline my goals and make them a reality. It’s about putting what you want out into the universe and making it happen. I’ve just started mine and I really dig the format.
We ended up talking for a good hour or so. I must say it was such a liberating and very much needed talk. I tend to be in my head so much that most of what I want to accomplish gets vetoed in 16 different ways mentally and I don’t even bother. It was also nice to meet someone with similar ideals and situations. Interestingly enough, I’ve actually finished 4/5 articles already and it’s not even 8 am. I kind of liking this whole “interacting with people” thing. I might have to try it more often. I left that conversation with newfound encouragement and a new friend. 🙂
6 thoughts on “Sometimes Things Really Do Happen For a Reason”
I know what you mean about that saying. I use it often but then I see things like babies dying at the hands of awful people and I think ‘What could possibly be the reason for that?’. It makes no sense. However, there are examples like the one you gave just now where it seems to fit ever so nicely .I am struggling with the writing thing myself at the moment, losing faith in my abilities a bit so I am pleased i stumbled over this post. I’m going to check out this manifest journal you speak of. I think I need to get me some of that. Good luck! 🙂
I’m glad you found my post helpful! I feel like it’s common with everyone at some point to doubt their own talent, so I find it helpful when I know that I’m not alone and it gives me hope that we all can achieve our goals! I’m on day one of my manifest journal and after watching the founder’s video, I really like how it gives you structure. A lot of times writers are so in our own heads that it can feel like you’re spinning aimlessly. I wish you the best on your writing and please feel free to share your progress! 🙂