I was just thinking back to 1991. My wedding was just over a year before. We were newlyweds living in an in-law apartment I had built. The kitchen and bathroom were in the basement, our bedroom was in what was the back porch and our main living area was in the garage which I spent a great deal of time procrastinating about converting from my man place to a young couple’s living space.
It was my last year of college and I only needed a few more classes to get my degree. I was working full time forty-eight hours for an auto parts chain. There were other pressures, but let’s push those aside for now. The main issue was the company I worked for. My time was up there, but I stuck it out for as long as I could.
It didn’t take long before I made the changes I could. Eventually changes made the choices I wouldn’t. That’s when it all turned around. It was my “welcome to your next first day.” So, I took my new wife and everything else that mattered into my new life and I never looked back.
Life’s adversities lead us to lasting positive change if we let them. They also help us recognize places we should not be. The cast of characters who participate, no matter their role, are put there for a reason. Our job to figure out exactly what that is and choose what is best for us. The next step is to figure out what we really want and move in that direction.