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NEVER SAW THIS COMING

NEVER SAW THIS COMING

    Everything happens for a reason. Life's like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get. You make your plans, and you hear God laughing (Thomas Rhett reference...in case you didn't know). We've all heard these and a lot of other totally cliche sayings about how we can't plan out our whole lives, our whole futures, or heck what is gonna happen next week. Yet, we go through our everyday lives as if we have everything figured out. I can't tell you how many times throughout my elementary, junior high, high school, and college classes that we were asked to ponder where we saw ourselves in X years. As if there is actually a right answer to that question. And now, as a college senior, the same questions are being asked...as if I even know what's gonna happen tomorrow...let alone come May when I graduate.

    And as I was incline walking this morning after a particularly good 4 mile run, I was thinking back to four years ago, my senior year of high school, and if that Caitlyn could have predicted that I would be where I am at now in life. Yeah, I had my college picked out and still had many of the interests that I do today: running, lifting, reading, spending time with great friends and family. But, so much has changed since then, in the most unexpected ways...that I can't help but think that no amount of guess work or luck could have allowed me to predict just which path my life has taken or the spectacular people that have came into my life since then.

    Senior year of high school, just four short years ago. So, why is it that it feels like a lifetime ago? Or like I've aged at least 50 years since then? I am a completely different person, both compared to who I was then and who I thought I would be as a college senior. For starters, I am so much more flexible with my workout schedule and my eating. Like, there is no way I am gonna miss out on spending time with the people that mean the most to me just because it means I'll be staying up a little later than I'm used to. Which is so huge for me, because even when I first started college my entire life revolved around eating perfectly and working out.

    I know for a fact, that 18 year old Caitlyn would not have guessed that it would take another 4 years to actually, finally go on a first date. Or, that the whole first date thing would not be that awkward or scary. Or, how okay I would be with 100% being myself around someone and not feeling like I have to pretend to be something that I'm not. I also could not have predicted that I would become such close friends with my neighbors or that they would be the ones to introduce me to one of the greatest guys around.

    I also for sure would not have assumed that I would end up completely switching majors and adding a minor during my sophomore year of college. Even though like everyone tells you before that first year and during that changing majors is perfectly normal. But, nope. That was not going to be me. Well, it was/is me, and I couldn't be happier about it.

    I could go on and on about just how differently my life has turned out so far compared to how I thought it would. The point is, there really is no need to get super stressed/anxious/terrified of what the future has in store for you. Because, you probably can't even imagine what the next 6 months will bring, let alone the next 5-10 years. Life can change in the blink of an eye, so it only makes sense to go into every day and every experience with an open mind. The best days and the best memories are the one that weren't planned out moment by moment...but instead just happened.


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