Failure Doesn’t Always Mean Failure

Things don’t always go as planned, but I’m sure you’ve experienced that at least once already. If you would have asked me this time last year where did I see myself in a year and a half down the road I would have told you that I’d be living in Miami, going to the beach at least once a week, earning a MA in Public Relations and chasing a really cool career in entertainment public relations. Now is that what I’m doing? Absolutely not! Why? Because that isn’t where I was supposed to be.

Sometimes what you think you want isn’t what you’re supposed to have for yourself. When I’m talking with friends or just people in general and topics come up such as not getting certain positions, not receiving an acceptance letter or even just accidentally missing an application deadline, there’s that little sting of rejection at first. Then the conversation turns into what does the mishap mean? Are you not supposed to attend that school? Is there a bigger position somewhere else waiting for you? Is this just not for you now because it’s not the right time? Would this actually make you unhappy? See, failure doesn’t always mean failure. I like to say that ‘failure is not an option,’ but I realized that sometimes failures hold the best lessons in life for us. Therefore, they aren’t failures, just redirections.

I remember applying for graduate schools, and the school that I was dying to go to originally didn’t offer the money that I needed. What did I do? I went with the school that did. And the outcome? One of the best decisions that I could have made for myself, which back then I had no idea I was doing. Now I just graduated from graduate school. I have a paid summer internship with a government department that actually incorporates everything that I enjoy doing and not just the communication aspect of things. Also, I didn’t have to take out any loans to get my master’s degree. What seemed like a failure at first from not receiving a large scholarship from another institution ended up leading me to one of the biggest blessings of my life.

I look at my life now and even though it’s not what I would have pictured it to be, I am thoroughly proud of myself and happy. For that reason is why I am so thankful for all of my mishaps and redirections that I’ve had thus far.

What I’m trying to say is don’t get discouraged by mishaps and redirections. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and whatever happens is meant to happen. Follow that yellow brick road forever. If you come to a road block sign, go the other way! Don’t give up. God (or whomever or whatever you believe in) will always lead or redirect you in the right direction.

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