Unexpected occurrences can leave us feeling happy, excited, frustrated, scared, sad, mad, or maybe even lonely. There aren’t a lot of true surprises in life anymore. One of the real surprises in life is when you find out what gender your newborn child will be. I never wanted to know because I wanted to be surprised. I’m still glad I waited on that one. Things happen that we don’t expect, though. Life doesn’t always happen the way we want or expect. That’s okay. They say it’s all about the journey, right?
The last few years, I’ve had some unexpected things happen. I went back to teaching after a brief hiatus from the profession…..I had a really bad experience with dishonest people in a private school. I published my first book about the crazy things my students have said and done. I married my best friend, and found happiness I never thought was meant for me. I’ve had one financial set back after another, which has left me afraid and questioning why greed and dishonesty seem to pay. I’ve had a couple of serious health issues that were just the luck of the draw, and not caused by heredity or anything I did wrong. With each situation, I’ve kept focusing on the positive, trying to stay upbeat, and it isn’t always easy. Surprises. Unexpected events. Life.
Like I said, it’s all about the journey. As I’m typing this, my sweet husband is on his way home from spending a few days in New York with his family. His flight was delayed due to weather, which is causing him to miss his connecting flight, making it a long stressful day for him, not knowing what to expect, or what time he’ll get home. It happens when you fly, but still unexpected and frustrating.
Being prepared for the unexpected is almost impossible, no matter how much we tell ourselves the opposite. We are taught to be kind and respectful (most of us), but sometimes that isn’t enough to get along with everyone. We are taught to be responsible with money (most of us), but things happen to put a kink in our finances, and can put us in desperate situations. We are taught to take care of our bodies by eating right and exercising, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
Dealing with unexpected events can be hard, especially if you feel alone. We can pray, sing, breathe, meditate, scream, throw things, go for a walk, work out, read, write, cry, etc. Having someone to help you through helps too….a friend or spouse to provide a hug and a shoulder to lean on….a support group….a counselor. Whatever helps someone cope is okay, as long as it isn’t drugs or alcohol. Don’t go down that road to cope with your struggles. That might make things worse. There isn’t one solution for every unexpected event for every person. As I’ve said before, our differences make this world a beautiful place, so dealing with personal setbacks, or surprises, isn’t one size fits all. Patience is essential in every situation.
Surprises. Unexpected events. The journey of life. Hold on. Breathe. Be patient.