What If We Stopped Questioning What If

What If We Stopped Questioning What If

It's time to believe in fate and reaching our destinies.
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I don’t believe I can go through one day without using the question “what if?” What if I went to law school? What if I decided to join the Air Force? What if I followed my dream of becoming a surgeon? So many possibilities that it’s difficult not to ask that two word question.

I sit around sometimes questioning every move I’ve ever made. What if I played a different sport, what if I did that dare three years ago, what if I attended a different university or wore different socks on my first day of school? These questions constantly sprinting in and out of my head like a marathon. Most days I feel like I’ve managed to stumble my way through life and end up on the other side with only a few scrapes and bruises.

Asking this question is a way for us to express our hidden desires without actually thinking of them as reality. It’s a way for us to become the person we’ve always wanted to be. If you’re like me, you’re not quite sure what you’re destined for. I see life as a chance for endless success and possibilities waiting to be explored. If I take the road on my left, I could end up at one of the greatest medical schools in the country, but if I take the road on my right, I could travel the world helping those less fortunate.

There are so many chances that we are given in life and a multitude of decisions to make, it’s tough to pick one and believe it’s the right choice. There are a million things I wish I hadn’t done in my life, but there are also a million things I wish I would’ve. I know it’s not good for myself to sit around questioning this. I should be out making more mistakes and falling on my face. They may be awful decisions a week from today, but they are decisions that got me to this point in life.

Without these choices, I may not know half the people I do. If I hadn’t started cheerleading, I wouldn’t know my best friend of five years now. If I hadn’t chosen the university I’m currently attending, I wouldn’t have met some of the most philosophical and intelligent professors out there (I wouldn’t have been challenged).

Each life decision may not be the wisest decision, but it creates a journey. This journey is what you’ll remember a few decades from now when you’re telling your grandchildren all the crazy times you had in college. It’s these decisions that will lead you to the life you were supposed to be given. Don’t stress it and don’t overthink it. Everyone is destined for something spectacular, it just takes a few twists and turns on the road of life to reach it.

So, stop wondering "what if" and allow it to become "why not." There are plenty of options to choose from and countless mistakes to be made. I will continue to pray for God to lead me down the path he needs me to. He will not lead me down the wrong path. It is only when we try to create a different destiny for ourselves that we encounter obstacles.

Let the exploring begin!
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1. Ahhh, it's so nice to be home

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2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

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8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

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*Asks*:

Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

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Poetry On Odyssey: Doubt

It is time to wage war on our emotions, yet to do so we must be ready for the unknown.
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What is it

Where does it come from

Why is it here

How is it so strong

When will it go away

Who even is it?


Questions on questions

They pile up higher and higher

But for what?


Is it only to be answered with another question

A question that can’t be answered,

Or can it?


Its name is doubt

Or is that even its name

I have become so unsure,

Because of its silly game.


Doubt makes us worry

Doubt makes us unwilling

Doubt makes us lost.


The very definition of doubt

Is a question

Or maybe it’s “to question.”


Doubt may be a hinder

Yet it does not cripple

For doubt can be overcome.


Our grass doesn’t have to be compared

No, not to the other side

See our grass can be watered

Watered right where we are.


It may take time,

But it will grow,

For it is proven.


We can’t question what is true

We can’t assume things we have yet to experience,

Yet we can grow what is right at our feet.


Sometimes we have to go with what we know,

And not with what we feel.


We have been given a mission

A purpose, if you recall,

Not to sit on the side

Yet to take the lead for all.


This is a stand we must make

One that will be hard to do

But hold on the promise

That we have all been there too.


For just as angst comes to prey

Doubt is by its side

But we know what’s to be done

We know how to fight

For we must only stand in the light.


Our grass will grow green

No matter how dead it seems

Don’t forget to add the water

Because that is all it needs.


You’ve got this,

Keep going,

You’re going to do great

I’m proud of you my friend

For this is not the end.

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