When I was a teen I had great plans for my future. I had obtained a modest scholarship to a business school in NYC that would transfer my credits over to FIT so I could round out my future career in the fashion industry. I had it all figured out. I was going to live a fabulous, stylish life here in Manhattan.
Then I never ended up taking that scholarship and my life took a totally different path.
This morning I was in the design offices of the apparel retailer I work for. I wandered past racks and racks of samples, stopped to look at story boards for future lines, and ogled over mountains of fabrics.
I looked around me and thought about how different my life would have and could have been if I had only stayed the course I dreamed of.
But then I might never have backpacked throughout Ireland, bought my first house at 22 or had my beautiful blue eyed baby boy.
I wouldn't have gotten married, divorced to then finally find my soul mate.
I wouldn't have had my sweet baby girl with him and I might never have become the woman I am today.
While I felt some nostalgia and caught myself drifting off into the haze "what if's" I was reminded that everything happened as it was meant to be.
And I'm glad it did.
Did your life turn out as you dreamed it would when you were young?