Bearing in mind recent events surrounding tropical storm Harvey, and another hurricane on the way, this not meant to be insensitive. I am distressed when I see and hear about hardship — I know what it’s like to have your life turned suddenly upside down.
I’ve been collecting poems and quotations since high school, and in recent years have combined some with my own photos (this one is Lake Michigan on a frigid winter day). The above quote by Helen Keller is one of my favorites, and it means more because she saw so clearly, despite being blind and deaf. Expecting to have security in life is unrealistic; it is one reason many people seek therapy. They come because of a divorce, or job loss, or the death of a loved one. They come because there was an accident, an illness, a past trauma, or a drug and/or alcohol addiction.
The common thread is this: “I didn’t expect my life to turn out his way”.
No one thinks tragedy or misfortune is going to befall them, unless, perhaps, they have already experienced such things. Then they are in a struggle to accept what is — versus wishing it were different.
It’s human nature to shut down and try to ‘avoid danger’, but life happens. While precautions can be taken, there is no way to plan for every possible thing that can go wrong. People who try to do so can be crippled with anxiety.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to learn this lesson, and had to keep my “face toward change” when I wanted to turn away. Have I always treated life like a daring adventure? Not usually. It was easier to face and even welcome change when I was younger, but then, I was looking for something outside of me to make me feel safe. Now I know that security comes from the inside, and this is something I try to help others move toward. It may not be a ‘daring adventure’ but it is a journey, and a rewarding one.