When Life Throws A Curveball, Learn To Swing

When Life Throws A Curveball, Learn To Swing

It's not about the pitch, it's about how you react to the pitch.

We all have a plan in life as we grow up.

When we’re little we have this idea of what we want to be when we grow up. We think about being a police officer, a famous singer, the president, and many other things. Sometimes we even dream of things that are absolutely impossible, but no one ever stops us from dreaming. As we grow up we begin to realize some of these dreams aren’t really reality. Life throws that curveball at us and we begin to reconsider.

We begin to really start planning our life as we being to get older and things become more real. We begin to plan things like where we will go to college, who we will marry, where we will work in the future, where we will live, who we will be friends with forever and many more things. We dream and imagine and fantasies. We thrive on these and make our whole live circle around these dreams.

How many times have your dreams gone the exact way you’ve expected it….?

Life has this crazy way of changing everything we plan. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. Life throws us curve balls all the time… and we just need to learn how to swing.

Personally, I am a person that will roughly plan things and just go with the flow, but I have friends that plan every detail to the minute and when life throws that ball, they don’t know how to react.

It’s okay to dream, dreaming is good! It’s a wonderful thing to have something to work towards and strive for but what we really need to learn is how to react when we get that curveball.

When the curveball hits your plate, it isn’t the ball that creates the outcome…. Its how we react. It’s if we swing at the ball or we just let it strike us out. Take every opportunity to swing, if you miss at these you tried.

Next time you plan something, and life gives you a pitch, take it. Own it. This could be that ball that changes your life. Every curveball that is thrown your way, is sent your way because they know you can handle it.

Life threw me a curve ball right before graduation. My dream has always been to teach where I grew up. I never wanted to leave my hometown. I dreamed of staying close to my family but…. Life gave me that curveball with an unbelievably good teaching position. I took the swing and hit the opportunity. Choosing to swing was hard but It has made my goal of being a special education teacher a reality.

Taking the swing is a scary thing but in the end, it changes you. The opportunities that are pitched your way will change your life! Sometimes the changes are good and sometimes it helps us figure out what we don’t like….. but either way it changes us. We don’t want to just let the ball go by us. We want to embrace everything we can. Life is about chances and opportunities and life constantly if providing them.

Next time life throws you a curve ball…… Swing! It's not about the ball being thrown, it's about how we respond.

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'Mom, I Am A Rich Man'

Cher owned it, and you can, too.

Most likely if you’re on any social media platform, you’ve seen the iconic video of Cher in an interview with Jane Pauley telling the story of her mother telling Cher that one day she should settle down and marry a rich man, to which Cher replies, “Mom, I am a rich man.”

*Disclaimer: Don’t worry boys, this article will still pertain to you, too.

In the days of “Mad Men” and Andy Griffith, the family unit was very much structured and known: a mother, who made the home and raised several kids, and a father, who earned the money for the household. There was never any confusion as to how one was to live one’s life, because every individual knew that this was the structure to follow. Be born. Make friends. Play. Grow up. Go to school. Meet someone. Possibly attend college. Marry. Have multiple children. Follow gender-assigned role. Repeat for next generation.

Then one day, the world began to change.

Women began attending college for more than an MRS degree. Divorce rates began to increase. Individuals began staying single for longer. Couples began having fewer kids and also having kids later in life. Homosexuals and other members of the LGBTQ community started coming out and sharing their voices. Schools were finally being desegregated. Technology was beginning its exponential growth, and the world woke up.

Cher’s mother was raised to believe these were the next steps Cher should take in life, just as probably similarly your parents have made comments to you that you do not believe line up with your generation’s viewpoint in today’s society. You’ve probably come to already realize that this is a generational gap between you and your parents; however, this is not the topic I want to focus on today. I want to talk about the concept of the individual unit.

Earlier on, I spoke about the '60s family unit. Back then, that was the unit. Even while there were several different roles within a family unit, every family made decisions and moved together. Today, we move into the individual unit. We have gone from making decisions on how we think they would impact the family onto how they will impact the individual. Often, people think negatively on this way of decision making, because isn’t it selfish to makes decision based off oneself?

The answer is… no.

Now before I get some serious hate for that statement, let me back it up. For all my business majors out there (yes, I am one myself), you’ve likely taken or will likely have to take an economics course. One of the basic goals of economics is maximizing profit, which is sometimes depicted as not focusing on how large your slice of the pie is but determining how to make the pie as large as possible. Let’s take this back to the family and individual units.

When decisions were made based on how they would affect the family unit, sometimes the decisions of one individual would hold back the others within the family from “maximizing their profit” or maximizing their potential. Perhaps this was staying home to raise the kids rather than following a career path that interested the parent. This may have been staying in an unhappy marriage to follow society’s standards rather than leaving the marriage and benefiting one’s family more by being happy alone. Although at first glance, these sacrifices may have seemed heroic and for the best for the family unit, looking back the alternatives may have actually put the individuals of the family in a happier place which would have reflected in the long run positively on the rest of the family.

Maximizing your potential is maximizing your happiness, and vice versa. We often think that to be successful and have an abundance of money must make us an evil person to be so selfish. We think that the phrase “money doesn’t buy happiness” means that money equals success and therefore if we’re successful we’re not actually happy even if we think we are. That idea is often what holds so many back from their greatest potential.

To be successful doesn’t mean that one can’t look back and help the people from their past and their family up the ladder once they’ve reached the top. To be successful doesn’t mean that one can never marry or multiply their happiness in others surrounding them, friends, family, spouse, children and all. To be successful means that one takes a step back, looks around, and asks, “Am I the happiest I can be at this present moment? And if not, what can I do to take myself there?”

It’s with those answers that we maximize our potential and growth. It is in our growth that we find gratitude for our efforts. It is in our gratitude that we find happiness in all that we have become.


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Poetry On Odyssey: Conflicted

Resolving conflict and letting love back in.


As life moves quickly,

It is to no surprise

That we are constantly faced with change.

With change

Comes peace.

With change

Comes suffering.

With change

Comes conflict.

I stroll through the days of old,

Recognizing how conflicted I was

When I chose to let the love go.

Each night I tossed,

Each night I turned,

Feeling unsure of my decisions,

Unsteady every time I dragged my legs from the bed

And forced myself to keep moving.


I walk happily through the days of new,

Giving thanks for my peace of mind

And my allowance to let a new love in.

I no longer toss,

I no longer turn.

I feel a sense of security

And a sense of pride in my decisions.

I walk steadily,

As I no longer have to force myself to keep moving.

I am no longer conflicted.

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