Coming to Terms With Life’s Disappointments

As a child, you probably didn’t think too much about the rest of your life. Your days probably consisted of wondering what you were going to do after school. It isn’t until we are a little older, perhaps as teenagers, that we start to think about what we are going to do in the future. We may decide that we want great things accomplished, such as having fame and fortune and all the trappings that go with those idealistic expectations.

While fame and fortune may sound good – there’s usually got to be a plan in place for those conditions to occur. For example, one of the things that many people who have amassed fortunes have is an education. Going to college isn’t a guarantee that everything you strive for is going to occur but it is a good first step in the right direction. And it is often during and after our college years that we realize that life doesn’t always work out the way we hoped.

When we set our goals on certain sights we must also learn that life not always gives what we want – even if we work hard. Sometimes there are circumstances that are simply beyond our control. For example, we may have our sights set on a high paying job – the job that will allow us money to pay back student loans, buy a big house, and travel. But the reality is that isn’t always the case. Getting an education is important, and paying for it can be difficult. The job you land directly after graduation may not be your dream job, and you may struggle for a while as you move up the ranks. This might mean you live in a smaller apartment than you wanted and follow a tight budget.

As we go through life we must prepare ourselves for the “what if.” Keep working through problems and moving forward the best you can, even when the inevitable setback occurs. Having a back up plan is important and so is the support of others. Get support of loved ones such as family and friends – people who will be accepting of you as you navigate through life and make mistakes. You’ll soon find that being content and happy doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have the nicest house on the block or the newest car – and having the support of family and friends goes a long way toward helping you muddle through life’s disappointments.

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