Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Failures Are My Success

It has taken me a long time to learn that all the "disappointments" I had in my youth were actually only gateways to success  in my future. Every failure led to greatness somewhere else.
When I was in my early 20's I wanted to join the Army. Not for the right reasons, but I'll get to that.  I went to the testing place, took my physical and all the required steps. When it came time to decide what my job would be in the Army my only options were to be a cook or work in the kitchen. The reason I would have ranked so low is because I did horrible on the math testing. I rocked everywhere else especially grammar, spelling, etc. But the recruiter suggested I wouldn't like doing that so maybe I should just join the reserves.
Well that was that. The end of my Army interest and good thing too because if I had gone to the Army I might not have met my husband. If I had been good at math I would have missed all kinds of things in life. That's how I look at it now anyway.
Looking back it was excellent that I didn't go because I didn't want to join to serve my country, I wanted to escape my living situation, I wanted to change my life. That was not the way to do it!
What I ended up doing was moving away from my hometown, that's all, very simple! And it changed my life forever and for the better! Every single step I took when I moved away led me to my husband. And when I think of it now, it amazes me. Everything on that path, painful or otherwise, led me to a FABULOUS life full of love, peace and success. My version of success is radically different from others though. But that is a whole other story!
So now  days  I don't get all bent out of shape when something falls through because I know there is a good reason for it. I never envy others, I can say that honestly, proudly. I do not want what is not mine, I am not lacking anything in my life.
So maybe a big thank you today to past failures! Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

5 comments:

  1. You are a wise woman to learn this at such a young age! Proud to say I've made it there too. I love my life. YAY!!! : )

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  2. You are so right and I know this story xxx Myrthe (Au grenier de Myrthe)

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  3. That's a lovely way to approach life. I have a nice life, but admit to many regrets. Not leaving my hometown, is my biggest regret. My husband and I hope to move some day, but now is the wrong time for the children. Then, my parents will be elderly, so I don't know if it will happen. I'm so glad you didn't make that mistake!

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  4. This one even ties in beautifully with the previous psot about Garth Brooks, because on that same album there is "Unanswered Prayers." I like to think that what may seem like a wrong turn at the time takes us to the right path, only we can't see it until much later.

    I really don't think the world could have handled all the hotness you would have been throwing around if you'd actually made it into a uniform. :D

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