I don’t think I have learned more than what I have this year. I mean, I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, but much of that is superficial. Sure, it’s great to be 29 and running a business out of my home and doing it successfully, but our careers don’t entirely define us for who we are.
However, I think I have finally figured some things out.
It sort of happens when you find out that you’re going to be a parent and you have to step back and evaluate EVERYTHING. But, in turn, you start to see things a little deeper and you find an appreciation for things that you have and those that you’ve lost. There is pain in appreciating those things and people that are gone, but then you realize that even if they are not there now, they were there in the past for a reason. You can wish and will them to come back, but just have to resolve yourself to the fact that it may not be the right time and that things will happen in due time if they’re meant to. That provides a lesson in faith…one that I fear in some cases may last me for the remainder of my life.
The result? The hope is both comforting and daunting at the same time.
But sometimes things can’t be the way we want them, people can’t be who we want them to be, we can’t remain in someone’s life if they don’t want us to be there, we can’t fix mistakes that we have made in the past that have hurt others, and sometimes things don’t work out the way we want them to.
All we can do is have faith in the fact that the situation at hand is exactly what it is supposed to be, even if it doesn’t suit us at the moment. Down the road, looking back, the reason becomes clear. When people can’t be who we want them to be, there is a good chance that they are not who they want to be and they are working on it. But who are we to define a person for them? When someone throws us out of their life, we have to reluctantly accept their wishes despite how much it hurts. As for the past, we can only hope that the apologies for past indiscretions are heard, even if we can’t find the strength to open our lips and say what needs to be said. And even when things don’t work out the way we want them to, we have to realize that they are working according to a plan and that the outcome is much better than the alternative.
Oh, but then there is forgiveness. This is a hard one. There are times when we have to suck it up and talk to those who have hurt us; to tell them how they hurt us instead of avoiding them at all costs because they’ve done something that we PERCEIVE as unfavorable. Even if it is unfavorable, I, for one, do understand that sometimes people don’t realize what they’re doing when they do it. It may seem like it’s okay or it is fine at the time, but looking back you find that it wasn’t so okay and then you start to dwell on something that was long gone and beat yourself up over your own ignorance. However, in my situation I was young and dumb and was more “in the moment” rather than looking back and ahead and evaluating details surrounding the situation. Yes, I made a huge mistake and it cost me BIG.
On the other end of the spectrum, I have done a lot of forgiving in these past months. Not only have I done it for the sake of my unborn child, but for my own sake as well. I realize that forgiveness is warranted because life is short and it’s the right thing to do. I’ve learned that when someone knows they have been wrong and they feel guilty about it, your forgiveness has a lot of power. When they know that you know what they did and you tell them that you forgive them for those things, the entire world changes and things are renewed. That’s why I finally have the relationship with my dad that I have craved my entire life. And that’s why my daughter is going to have the grandpa that she deserves. Things happen in due time and that time finally came when the past was put aside by not only me, but my dad and my entire family.
This is not saying that I have forgotten about the past. I will never forget and there are some hard feelings in some places. But I’m working on it and for once I am feeling normal and leveled out. I have a relationship with my family, I love my husband, I have a daughter on the way, I have amazing friends (my extended family), and I have a career that I built on my own. However, I have one hole that I’m still working on; that I pray about quite frequently. Although my heart has been mended in some ways, it is still broken in one.
But again, this is life and it was not meant to be easy.
So if you got anything from this, use it. I’m not sure of what kind of insight I can offer others through my own experiences, but I hope it’s something. Just make sure you hold your loved ones close, forgive those who do not know what they’re doing at the moment, be nice to strangers, and simply be yourself.