Paths Not Taken.

While vegging on the couch this afternoon, we watched a bit of the Story of Pixar. I only saw bits and pieces, but what it added up to was this—a few 20-somethings set out to change the way animation was done, and ended up changing the world.

You know what I was doing when I was that age? Working as a receptionist, wondering what the hell I should do with the rest of my life.

I flirted with a PR agency in New York City. Interviewed with another in San Francisco. Then I landed a job working right in my hometown, and never looked back.

Well, for a few years, anyway.

Eventually, of course, I pulled up stakes and moved my ass down to Cincinnati. Starting a new life in a new city all alone was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done—but also one of the most worthwhile.

How different would my life be if I had never made that move? Would Bri and I still live in that little shack in Lake Orion, or would we have been the ones that got foreclosed on? Would I be working in some hotshot shop or one of the thousands of unemployed?

It’s impossible to know.

There are other avenues I could have taken. At one point, a  job beckoned in Memphis. Then we almost turned tail and headed back home. We almost never came to Bloomington at all—I agreed to the interview on a whim, not thinking anything would ever come of it.

Yet, here we are. Living in a small town, in a nice house, with a little family of our own, and loving it (most of the time).

I’m sure this isn’t our last stop. I’m sure life’s going to take me in directions I can’t even begin to imagine.

How many more paths will open in front of me? Which ones will I decide to take? Will they be the right ones?

I guess, whether your goal is to change the world or just make your little corner a nicer place, the principle remains the same.

You look at your choices. Check in with your gut. Then take a deep breath, take the next turn, and trust that you’re going to end up in the right place.

At least, that’s what I do. And so far? It’s working.

 

6 Comments on Paths Not Taken.

  1. Rebecca
    January 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Random people keep pulling my heart to a new direction. “You look at your choices. Check in with your gut. Then take a deep breath, take the next turn, and trust that you’re going to end up in the right place.” And with that comment you did it too……..I want to start a nonprofit but have no idea where to begin. Picking up a book at the library tomorrow morning.

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    • Rebecca
      January 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

      …..AND!!!, you should put “You look at your choices. Check in with your gut. Then take a deep breath, take the next turn, and trust that you’re going to end up in the right place.” at the top or bottom or sidebar of your blog. Those words……..can change someones life.

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      • Amber
        January 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm (4 years ago)

        Do it! You’re so passionate, I’m sure you’ll do great. And let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

        I’m glad I helped provide a little push. Sometimes I’m accidentally brilliant!

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  2. Lady Jennie
    January 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I don’t see you as a stay-put type of gal so a risky move sounds perfect for you. And it sounds like it turned out great.

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  3. Nina
    January 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Have you ever seen SLIDING DOORS? There’s also ME, MYSELF & IRENE. They’re both great for wandering down that “what if?” road. I love to think about that stuff and I often go back further. What if my great great grandparents hadn’t had the foresight to get out of Europe. As a Jew, our family line would have likely ended well before I could be born. It can go on and on. I think it’s a fun exercise as long as you come to the conclusion you already have. I loved your last few lines!

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    • Amber
      January 29, 2012 at 11:11 am (4 years ago)

      You know, I haven’t seen that movie. I should, for sure. You’re right. There are endless possibilities…

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