We all have dreams for the future… and we plan exactly how and when we’ll get there. But what if you haven’t had your break? Are you still waiting for your moment?
The more I live, the more I learn that divine destiny has a way of making you wait; especially for the things you desire most. For years, I planned every detail of how I would achieve my dreams (of someday winning Miss World America, graduating with a degree, traveling the world and meeting the love of my life along the way). It all sounded so wonderful to me… and I was ready to strategically conquer each step.
In the last two years particularly, I learned that the journey would be far from easy. Toss in a mixture of rejection, setbacks and finding out that some of the things I thought I wanted turned out to be the opposite of what I really needed, and I found myself worrying that some of my dreams might never come to fruition. Even when I did accomplish what I wanted (like winning Miss World America 2015), a lingering sense of dissatisfaction hung over me. I always felt like I was running out of time… to live, love and be someone.
I determined that happiness was a destination. One day, when I finally “got this”, “did that” or “went there”, I would be happy.
The more I talked to friends and mentors, I realized that SO many of us feel this same way. We always want more. Living in a world of instant gratification, it is increasingly easy to feel like the life you’re living is not enough.
I’m here to tell you… from personal experience of living like this for WAY too long, be patient with yourself and enjoy NOW. Have faith in the process- and whatever is meant to be will come naturally, in the best time, and you’ll be ready for it.
You will meet the person you were meant to love… but maybe you need to work on yourself a little more first.
You will get your big break… but maybe this is not the right time. Don’t get so wrapped up in “success” that you forget to find joy in simply living and growing.
Your hard work will pay off… stay consistent. Stay steadfast. People will notice the difference in you, just not immediately.
In a world that inundates us with the, “you can do anything now” message, remember that it took nine months to create you, a year for you to learn how to walk, and up to three before you could even speak. Time is on your side- it always has been. Find happiness right now, exactly where you are. It’s where you’re meant to be.