You know how sometimes you really plan for and wish for something specific to happen – but then life has other plans and changes need to be made? If you’re anything like me, it happens, and when it does it’s easy to feel let down and discouraged.
Over the last few years I’ve put a lot of effort into my own personal development and with that comes the task of learning to trust, have faith and be patient with life. At times, it has felt like a lost cause, but the more I am able to trust that everything is working out exactly as it’s meant to for this moment, the more I enjoy living in each moment. Sometimes the Universe has different plans for us, but having faith and patience proves that we always eventually get what we’re after, in one form or another.
Just over 4 years ago, Michael and I were watching a tv program from our living room back in Canada where the contestants had won a trip to Ireland (ever since I had watched the movie PS I LOVE YOU with Gerard Butler – I knew I had to go to Ireland one day.) So that night we made a pact that we would spend our 5th Wedding Anniversary touring around Ireland – driving down cobble stone streets, lush valleys along the coast and admiring so many cute sheep. We really had no idea how we’d make it work – we just decided that we would.
So two years ago when we moved over to the UK I realized that our goal of spending our 5th wedding anniversary driving around the coast of Ireland was within reach. I could literally taste it - Ireland is a quick short flight from London so it was possible – our dream was getting closer to reality.
Throughout the next year, I priced out locations, car rentals, and flights and had it all figured out. I even booked us holidays from work. But then plans changed. Turned out we ended up giving notice at our first flat we had rented and would need to move the weekend we planned to be in Ireland. The extra money we had saved for our anniversary weekend away was now paid towards our deposit on our new place and we would need to spend that weekend packing and moving our things.
I was definitely disappointed. I looked forward to that trip for a long time. And I was especially excited that a goal we had set was conspiring to take place. But truth be told, throughout our first year in London – between Michael and I doing lots of work on ourselves and on our relationship – I then truly, deep down realized that we were going to have many years to celebrate our anniversary in Ireland in the future.
What I realized was more important in that moment, was that we got moved to a location that served us better, to our ideal flat that we have loved so dearly over the past year and made many great memories in (we still took the afternoon of unpacking off and went and got new tattoos to celebrate our 5 years of marriage together!)
And you want to hear the cool part now? One year later, as we are on route back home to Canada, we find ourselves on our 6th Wedding Anniversary spending a few days driving up and down coastal dirt roads with beautiful waterfalls and epic views, and sheep…. can’t forget all the cute adorable baby sheep along the road, and even having to stop at times to let them cross. Yet we aren’t in Ireland. The Universe has led us to Iceland. But it doesn’t matter – because we had just decided to live in the moment and enjoy each other – and had trust that one day we would celebrate our anniversary like we imagined. Who knew it would happen so quick.
Trust in your life. Know that when things aren’t going exactly as planned, the Universe is just making room for something greater to come in. You deserve to have all your dreams and wishes come true – just have faith, trust and most importantly be patient.