“Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game” 

Despite that quote coming straight from a children’s film, A Cinderella Story, it’s always something I use to remind myself to keep going, when the going gets tough. You can laugh at me but I know you all have your own secret pleasures. 

My path hasn’t always been so straight forward, I’ve had to twist, turn, jump and totally change direction along the way and I’m pretty sure that’s how my life is going to be set for the forciable future. But hey, it has given me some serious kick ass skills to think on my feet, be strong and independent. I’m hoping it will come in handy in the years to come because let’s face it, it doesn’t get any easier as you get older. 

I never thought at the age of 19 I would be listening to my own father say he didn’t want anything to do with me. Don’t worry, he’s just a bitter old man putting the world to blame for his own issues. That was the first man to break my heart and I never expected it to be my dad, the person you look up to and seek for protection. However, I spent along time trying to understand why he felt that way, looking at myself as if I was the problem but of course I wasn’t, I realise that now but it still took away a lot of years that should of been focused elsewhere. 

Relationships are another one, everyone has their own issues and it takes two people to make it work. You win at some and you lose at others, it doesn’t have to be just lovers, you can apply this to friends too. You can out grow one another, change directions and go in the opposite way and your suddenly faced with change that appears uneasy and scary because the person your used to having around, just isn’t anymore. You have to know that in a matter of time, it starts to become life, except this time your even more prepared, you have learned to deal with the heartache and different routine which will make whatever change that’s up ahead easier and less painful. You would of gained new insights and learned things about yourself, it makes you stronger and more independent, it also shows you what you want out of life. Your meet new people and create more memories, just remember to focus on the path forward, don’t look back at those that used to be there, they are on their own journey, concentrate on yourself and who’s around you. 

You may have a plan of where you want to go, but whatever your faced with, don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game. You can still keep the same end goal or decide to change it, whichever you choose to or where to go. Just remember you can always adjust your path to fulfil your life goals. You just need to want it first and not give up! 


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