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When Life Gives You Lemons

What do you do when life isn’t what you expected? (And you should know that this is bound to happen eventually. I promise. It’s just that no one prepares you for it when you’re young.)

I’m not claiming to know the answer for sure, because I don’t. And I’m not claiming to know something that’s relevant for every person in every circumstance because after all, my life experience is still quite limited.

But what I do think is that you first have to stop. You have to turn some stuff off. You have to listen and really hear your life changing.  And then, after an appropriate amount of time (and not necessarily when you feel ready), you have to do what’s next.

Listening helps you know what that is. Close friends and family help you know. Particulars and logistics of life can help, too. A hunch. A dream. A vacation. An image that you can’t get out of your head.

We won’t get to know the exact story while we’re living it – that’s not the point. The point is to live a story of becoming. A progressing, a layering of risks and adventures and worthy nexts. Don’t do it alone. And don’t be dumb. But don’t get stuck where you are either.

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About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.

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One thought on “When Life Gives You Lemons

  1. I like the sound of all this! Life isn’t meant to live alone — that’s what friends and family are for — to help you look and listen and learn. And getting stuck stinks!

    Posted by Judy Curley | November 7, 2011, 4:24 PM

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