I got the above fortune cookie at lunch the other day. It is surprisingly very true. I am going to be meeting up with a friend that I have not seen in a long time. She had kids and moved away to Chicago. Now, due to a freelance project I accepted before I was hired at my new job, I am off to Chicago and will be able to see her. It's a strange thing. We met in grad school where we both had aspirations of becoming college teachers. Needless to say, neither of us are where we thought we would be. She took time to have a gorgeous family full of boys, and now is starting out with seemingly a million different writing/web/content/photo projects. She sounds so excited, so full of energy and sees a future for herself that I think she thought might have been lost to her only a few months ago.
I can't say I haven't been mopey the past few weeks (okay months) but I'm realizing I should take a page from her playbook. Just because things are the way they are right now does not mean they have to stay that way. Yes, intrinsically I knew this, but it took talking to her about her projects and hearing that excitement in her voice to really make it hit home.
I can do what needs to be done for the time being then work to change my life into what I want it to be. Chicago here I come.