The world is full of unexpected opportunities.
They happen when…um, you least expect it. (Didn’t see that one coming, did you?)
Almost everything in my life has come about via an unexpected opportunity.
An entire freelance career was born when a friend of mine was offered an assignment she couldn’t take. She passed it on to me, and I ran with it. The rest is history. (And a very long, lucrative career. You can read more about that here, if you like.)
I met my boyfriend of five years when he joined a Facebook page I’d created for work.
I found my best kitty friend when my vet felt sorry for my loss of two other pets and offered to show me a litter of kittens.
I wound up moving to this city when I won a writing contest in high school that sent me to Ottawa. Once there, I met a boy who lived in Thompson, Manitoba. We fell in love. When I moved to Thompson to be with him, I heard about this awesome writing program in Winnipeg. I broke up with the boy. I applied to the program. I got in, and I’m still here many years later. I never would have considered moving to Winnipeg if I hadn’t won that trip to Ottawa.
From a simple email that took me a minute to write, I ended up spending a month in Africa–all expenses paid.
Whenever I get a devastating bill–like the time my hot water tank, my furnace, and my fridge needed to be repaired all at once–something comes along out of the blue to help me pay for it. (Thank you, Universe!)
It’s funny–my life is full of plans. I have a plan for everything: my writing career, how I’m going to spend the day, where I’m going to live, the future. But the plans I make usually don’t end up happening, or at least not the way I’ve envisioned them.
Almost everything good in my life is due to something I never predicted.
That’s why it’s so important to keep our eyes open for those unexpected opportunities. You never know when one might pop up and change your entire life.
What’s the most unexpected thing that’s happened to you?