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Uncountable Opportunities: How to Embrace the Unexpected in Life

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When you first wake up each morning, you might be tempted to sigh and wish that you could have more hours of sleep. When you’re driving in rush hour traffic, you might get frustrated because you don’t feel like sitting in stop-and-go traffic all day long. In these moments, it can feel like life is full of things that get in your way, rather than giving you opportunities to succeed or grow as an individual.


We all know that life isn't perfect. Sometimes things happen that we don't want to, and sometimes things happen that we're pleasantly surprised with. We can control a lot of things about our lives, but not everything. And sometimes, it's those unexpected surprises that can help us learn more about who we are and what we want for ourselves.

1) Learn from your mistakes - It might be hard at first, but there will always come a time when you realize that mistakes aren't always bad. In fact, they give you an opportunity to become better than before or learn something new; just like anything else worth doing takes time and effort.

2) Be open-minded - You never know where any one experience is going to take you so try not to close off possibilities by trying to predict them.

3) Appreciate life's little moments - The funny thing is that these moments might just be the ones we remember years later

What are some of the most unexpected things that have happened in your life?

One of the most unexpected things that has happened in my life was when I got accepted into a highly competitive graduate program. I was only expecting to get rejected, so it came as a big surprise! Another unexpected event was getting pregnant with my first child. It's not every day you're told you're going to have a baby! Lastly, and most recently, I never expected to get laid off from my job. After working for two years for this company, I had finally found success and felt really happy about my work. But then everything changed; my boss called me into her office one morning and let me go on the spot.

My coworkers were all pretty shocked too- they didn't know what to say or how to act around me because they knew that I would be looking for another job soon enough.

How did you react to these events?

I never would have thought that I would be a stay at home mother, but life gave me an opportunity to take care of my daughter. I wouldn't trade it for anything. My family tells me that they are very proud of me and that they can see how much I am growing as a person. I always wondered what life would be like if I didn't get into college or even if I hadn't met my husband or kids. But this is just one story of many paths we will all walk down in our lives. We will all make decisions that we may regret from time to time, but there is something so beautiful about being able to say you tried your best and made the best decision possible with what you knew at the time. You might find something amazing that makes your whole world brighter. Just try new things and trust that you'll figure out how it all fits together in the end.

What could you have done differently?

I don't think I could have done anything differently. I was able to take full advantage of all of my opportunities and make some great memories. But if I were to do it again, I might be more careful about how much time I spend away from work and family. And maybe I would've started a savings account for myself when I got my first paycheck. Lastly, I would try to keep myself less distracted on social media and instead focus on what's important to me. Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way you planned and that's okay. You should just focus on appreciating everything you're given-even the unexpected-and being grateful for it.


One of the most important things you can do when faced with a challenge is ask for help. It's not about being weak or vulnerable, it's about understanding that no one person can do everything on their own. No matter what comes your way, there are always opportunities to grow and learn, as well as people who will be happy to help you get through them. Remember this and keep moving forward. When you come up against an obstacle, think about all of the amazing things life has given you so far and use those moments as fuel for getting over this hurdle. The only thing standing in your way is whatever is blocking your path. Don't let anything stop you from taking care of yourself and living life to the fullest because we're all going to die someday anyways.

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