We sometimes wonder why something never happens when we plan for it but happens when we least expect it. I believe there is a time for everything in life. One may call it destiny while others may term it luck. It is true that things happen when they are supposed to happen and not necessarily when we want them to happen. Even if we look at nature, it may rain on a hot and sultry summer day and there may be no rain on a cloudy monsoon evening.
Life is is no different. We all have dreams and desires in life. We want things to happen the way we yearn for it. But, it does not always work that way. If we look at our personal lives, we may have multiple examples of how things did not go the way we had envisaged. It could be the education we wanted to pursue or the boy or girl we wanted to marry. Life has its own way of openingitself for us and the way we adapt to it makes us a winner rather than a loser.
I am an avid traveller. I sometimes love to take off in my car with my family with no destination in mind. Life in a way is like that. We may plan for something and something else may happen. So, it may be the best thing to plan for anything and be ready for the opposite to happen. The earlier we realize it in life, the better it is for us. It is so much fun to explore your destination after you hit the road rather than meticulously plan for it and change it based on some road block on the way.
If we reflect on our career, the story may not be very different. We have to plan for our career and work meticulously to achieve our dreams. I am not for a minute recommending that destiny will determine your career. What I am putting forth is that sometimes even in our career, there may be a turning point, which we may not have anticipated. Rather than cribbing and crying over it, it may be helpful to accept it as a reality and make the best out of this turn.
While it may be easier to state that we need to accept the unanticipated turns in our life as destiny or luck, it may be very hard to digest it as a reality and deal with it. What are the alternatives before us when something does not go the way we want it. We can cry over it and feel depressed or take it in our stride and move on. I am recommending the latter approach, which makes you stronger to deal with any conditions in your life.
Even if your look at your family situation, life is not different. Your kids may strive hard for admission in the best universities and may not get it. But one fine day, they may get an offer from their dream organisation which they themselves may not believe to be true. That is the fate of destiny. While most of us feel low, when things do not go our way, we may not be equally grateful, when things go our way and we least expected it.
Like in the photo above, we least expected snow in April in Munich. But as it was freezing, it was time to enjoy it rather than crib about it.
I would say that we need to strike a balance in life. While we should continue to strive hard and plan for our future, we should take luck or destiny as it crosses us in life rather than wait for it. It is like having your meal in a restaurant on the highway as it comes rather thanlook for a dream hotel, which may never be spotted till you reach your destination.
Life is full of surprises . Let us enjoy it.
S Ramesh Shankar