Why It’s Okay to NOT Be Where You Thought You’d Be

By GG Renee Hill

Do you remember where you were a year ago today?

That question may lift you up and remind you of how much you’ve grown. Or it may bring you down and make you feel stagnant. Because we want to see progress in our lives, we keep striving and reaching, trying to achieve a certain status, income or lifestyle. All the while, closely watching the time pass by, feeling panicked to accomplish everything. In the midst of this pursuit, we often deny ourselves the joy of the present moment.

Funny how the mere thought of time can steal away one’s peace of mind.

Be careful of judging your life based on how fast things happen. A year can go by without much visible change, but as Zora Neale Hurston said, “…there are years that ask questions and years that answer.” Be careful of wanting more, faster, everything must happen now. Too busy to sit back, notice and cherish.

Lately I’ve been challenging myself to become more mindful and still. This means quietly tolerating the discomfort of my growing pains, because I know they are necessary. This means appreciating the meantime and finding grace in the in between. I do believe in celebrating milestones, but I also believe that each day, each moment is a milestone to be cherished.

I remember where I was a year ago today.

I was freshly unemployed, excited about my new journey as an entrepreneur. I was ready to start over and create a new lifestyle for myself. Now, a year later, I’m not where I thought I would be. But I am determined, not desperate. Not holding my breath, waiting for every box to be checked. No matter how long it takes, I feel blessed to have a vision for my life, because for many questioning years, I did not.

Let your answers come naturally, in their own time. Feel good about your journey and let it flow without watching the clock. As you walk slowly but surely, be careful not to overlook the everyday miracles. Align yourself with goals that you are truly passionate about, so your desire is to experience the whole process, not just the result.

Sometimes it will take longer than you think to figure things out. That’s okay. Keep questioning. Keep going.

GG Renee is an independent author, a life coach, a feeler and an overthinker. She writes for the crazy beautiful complex free creative inspired love drunk woman who relishes her quiet time and believes in miracles. Blog // Twitter // Instagram