I suppose it's sort of like the domino effect of experiences in life. I've always preferred to hold rather tightly to my belief in all things logical and rational, but I came across this wonderful quote from Anna Quindlen the other day. And, well, she puts the whole idea of happenstance into perspective...
Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.
I'll admit that I rarely take the time to look back at my decisions once I make them -- there's that whole thinking rationally tendency again -- and I'm even less likely to consider what my life would be like had I taken a different path. What's the point, I'd wonder? The past is, well, past, and besides -- isn't it more important to keep looking forward? To move forward? To keep going?
Yes and no.
When I think about it, there are times in my life where I've wanted to go a different way or was even scared to do something altogether. Right after my father was diagnosed with cancer, I transferred from the local community college to a bigger university. I was completely overwhelmed and ready to throw my backpack away and call it a day, but my parents, luckily, talked me out of it. If I had quit, I wouldn't have joined the school paper, won the Best Damn Reporter award and graduated two years later with a love of journalism.
And who knows? I might not have been led to blogging, which had become one of the biggest parts of my life.
Also, when I started working as a community college newspaper adviser, I seriously didn't think I was cut out for it. Here I was, a twentysomething just a couple years out of college. What could I possibly have to offer? But, I went for it, and again, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I mold future journalists, but I also met people who changed my life forever. I made lifelong friends and even learned so much about myself in the process.
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