“So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way….”

Who else is singing the rest of the theme song?? For all of the Friends fans out there, you know what I mean. For anyone who knows me well, you know that this is one of my all time favorite TV shows. I mean who doesn’t love this cast of characters and their adventures around Manhattan? They are an example of a group of people who relish life and enjoy it, together. And as I have referenced it before, I do believe that this hilarious sitcom has more to offer than just laughs. It has some real wisdom and insight on life. I recently watched one of my favorite past episodes in which Monica Geller says the following line to Rachel Green….

“You’re not alone. We don’t know where we’re going! You just gotta figure at some point it’s all gonna come together.”- Monica

As we approach the holiday season, I want to take some time with all of you to reflect. To look back on how far we have come and the direction that we want to go in, moving forward. I believe that this is always a good time to reflect, and it is now perhaps more important this year than ever. 2020 has brought so many challenges- for us individually and for us collectively. It has been a rare time in which no one person has been completely exempt from the trials and tribulations of this year. And as I listened to Monica tell Rachel this as she was beginning to figure out life on her own, I realized that we can all take something from this insight. None of us are alone- and in any situation, in any year or moment in time, everything has a way of coming together. And while it is important to recognize the challenges, and while each person’s experience has been unique, I believe it is important to realize a higher purpose for all of the world events that have gone on. I believe that everything happens for a reason, whether we see it at first or not. And while I have pondered this idea throughout these past eight months, I feel that I can now summarize my reflections into the following….

This time has taught us all, in my opinion, three main things:

  1. Not everything goes as planned, and that is okay.
  2. We cannot take blessings in our life for granted. People, moments, places, experiences, ourselves…
  3. Our family and friends are the most precious thing in this life.

And perhaps the best, most honorable thing we can all do, is to take the lessons we have learned during this time and use them to better ourselves, and those around us. It would be a shame to not carry forth the new wisdom we have gained from such a tremendously unique time. So even though “no one told you (us) life was going to be this way”, maybe that is because we were meant to figure it out for ourselves. Maybe this moment in time was meant to teach us some of the greatest lessons we could ever learn. 

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