While at a baseball game the other night I watched as one of the players swung at pitch after pitch until finally striking out. When his turn came up again he was once again sent back into the dugout from whence he came. I couldn’t help wondering if he had known how poorly he was going to play would he have chosen to play the game. Or would he, if given the choice, opted to sit this one out.
How many of you reading this right now can say you are exactly where you want to be? What if when you were young someone would have shown you how your life was going to turn out? Would you have said, okay bring it on. Or, would you have put on the brakes and said oh no, that is not the life for me. Would it be better to know how things are going to turn out, or is it best that we wait and see what fate has in store for us? Surely if we had of known about some of the hardships that lay in our path we would have chosen the easy way out. Isn’t that human nature, finding ways to make life easier? Of course, if we took the easy way out would we be less of a person for not having made it though the difficult times? I think that the term what does not kill us makes us stronger is a fitting phrase about overcoming life’s trials and tribulations. We need to go through difficult times to make us appreciate the good times. If all we had were good times then would we appreciate them, or would we find some small unimportant thing to dwell on? Maybe it is important to face the adversities in our lives, however big or small they may be, in order to become a better person.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. We may not know the reason at the time, but usually somewhere down the road we have a moment where certain things make sense. Then again, we may never know the real reason why life turned out the way it did. Maybe somehow your being in a certain place at a certain time was simply to give another the strength they needed at that particular moment. Maybe it isn’t always about us. Maybe at times it is all about the strength you lend to someone else. Maybe just by traveling where life leads you, you are exactly where you need to be.
We make plans. We have dreams. But in the end life may just throw you a curve ball. Sometimes that ball is in left field; sometimes it is lost in the bleachers. It may even strike you out. But then again if you are lucky you may just hit a home run. So go ahead and play the game, maybe you will spend your time in the minor leagues but then who knows, you may just win the World Series…