Have you ever wanted to discover your life’s purpose? Why you were brought into the Universe? Why were you chosen to be you? It often crossed my mind as a young child.
At the age of 9, our teacher asked us to create a ‘life map’ from birth until death with events in between. After graduating from The University of Tennessee, I wrote, on a full basketball scholarship, I decided to be the first 7 foot female in the NBA. Four years later, I would retire, become a nurse and start a family in Texas with my cowboy husband at 28. Our 5 boys would run our farm while I ran our adult day care center. At 67, I would be run over by a car and die. That was my plan at 9!
HOLY COW! I used to think if my life wasn’t planned out how I wrote it out to be, it didn’t truly exist. I’d become extremely frustrated and upset that things wouldn’t go my way and then anxiety and overeating would start. I think back to the time I followed the rules and wrote my sad life’s journey. I mean come on, who wants to drop dead at 67 and by a car???
Today at 30, I can look back at how that ‘life map’ turned out; most of it did not come true. I’m 5’1 1/2 (yes, 1/2 inch!), played Division II basketball in college, did not marry at 28, and 0 kids or significant other. I did however make it to Texas and nursing is not out of the question! I forgot how fun it was to be a rebel and not listen to anybody but myself!