There have been a lot of things in the past few years that have significantly impacted my life. Like, big things. Moving back to Nashville from West Virginia was one. Deciding to pursue writing was another. Breakups. Mom passing, obviously, was yet another.
As I look back, all of these things have resulted in substantial shifts in my life. Whether it’s a new location, a new endeavor, or a new perspective on life in general, I’ve come to learn that our lives are merely a continuing path of significant events. And our reaction to these events is what dictates our happiness.
For example, when you buy or adopt an animal, that’s a significant event. That little guy or girl will be with you for the foreseeable future, and will always have an impact on your thought process and your inner world. That character has been inserted into your story, and it will be there until you part. Such is life.
It’s strange to think of life that way, I know. In a perfect world, everything would be just fine and dandy and nothing would get in our way. But this is reality. And we live out whatever story we decide to write. We should always, always remember that. We are all the authors of our own, individual lives, and we should always strive to write each chapter as well and as happily as we can. Because we only get to write one book.
Make it a good one.