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This Amazing Life

I’ve said before that the most terrifying thing about life is also the most wonderful: the unpredictability of it all.

Five years ago CBG and I had just had our very first date. I knew from the start that he was an amazing guy…the kind of guy I’d always dreamed of meeting for so many reasons. And although I knew immediately that meeting him was going to change my life in some way, I had absolutely no idea how — or how much.

Five years ago my life veered off in a direction that led me down the path to where I am today. When I started down that particular path, I had no idea that this is where I would end up. I couldn’t have predicted this life that I’m now living; a life that is happier than any scenario I likely could have dreamed up for myself.

I know that life isn’t perfect. No one’s is. We all have our own struggles and challenges and obstacles. Happiness isn’t about creating (or finding) a life that is free of these things. It’s about making a daily choice to see past them to the good stuff that is underneath. It’s about choosing to use these challenges and struggles we’re all given to grow and learn and do better next time. It’s about knowing  — feeling it in your bones — that even with all the garbage that’s there, life is still pretty damn good.

It’s also about feeling immense gratitude for all the gifts that you have been given. The gifts that maybe don’t seem like gifts right now. Because honestly, we don’t know what life has in store for us. Maybe that huge obstacle that is right in front of you is going to veer you off into a much better direction — a direction that you otherwise would never have chosen for yourself. Instead of hating that obstacle, try instead to simply appreciate it for what it is, and have a little faith that ultimately, everything will work out okay.

Life is amazing, friends. Stop for a minute…wherever you are, whatever is going on with you right now, and just enjoy it.

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