Many times when we meet someone new and special that enters our life, we sometimes ask them “Where were you so and so years ago?” or a similar question. Is that really a fair question to ask anyone? Yes, you may, and probably do, wish that you came into each others lives sooner. However, let’s really think about that question for a moment. If you had come into each others lives, let’s use 15-20 years ago as an example, you both were probably completely different people at those times in your own lives. Would you still have some common interests? Maybe so, but there would probably be widely different other ones. Think about it for a moment. What events and circumstances have changed and shaped your own life over the past 15-20 years? Did you have children during that time? I’m sure you wouldn’t change that at all….right? What other people or things have come in and out of your life that made you who you are today? What life circumstances, such as employment…military service…changes in geographical location, have you undergone? Are you beginning to see my point yet? I bet you are. I am a firm believer in the thought that “Everything happens for a reason”. We may not know it, or see it at the time but, I believe that everything is a stepping stone to something or somewhere else. Some of those things are most certainly our own choices but, I’m not saying to always be looking for the next good thing either at all. Choices are merely just the best, or worst, decisions we can make at any given time with the knowledge that we have at that time. Nothing more, nothing less. Some are good…some not so much. That is part of the beauty of it all. The beauty in the realization that there is something much greater(whatever you choose to believe in) at work in our lives to get us where we are meant to be. How many times have you thought to yourself “Man, I never would have seen myself here X number of years ago.”? I can almost guarantee it has been more than once. That is precisely my point! Wherever we are in our lives currently, we are most certainly supposed to be there. Everything up to this point has led us directly to that point even though it may feel indirectly in our minds. Think of it like this. Let’s say you are walking down a path in the woods. Every step you took to get where you currently are on that path was made purposely but, without even really thinking about it or regretting any one or more steps before. Without those previous steps, you would not be where you are on that path. Am I correct? So, while you are on your path, don’t necessarily pay attention to your steps, but more so on the location of the path you are on. Enjoy it. Live it. If need be somewhere down the path, veer off onto a different one. Just make sure to be on the path you want to live on at this moment in your journey. Everything ahead is still being built and laid out before us.