Originally published March 9, 2015
Maybe you see or experience something when you’re young which seems insignificant at the time, but as you get older, you realize it has shaped the whole of your thinking. Perhaps, as you move through life, a casual word stirs an epiphany. A minor encounter sets something large in motion.
And there are relationships, circumstances, great successes and tragedies, which feel at the time as if they are going to change everything but in the end have very little impact on your trajectory. Looking back, you can see that your your life would have turned out essentially the same, regardless of these things.
Your path is your path. You will become what you were meant to become. You will have the experiences you were meant to have.
What you take from them is your free choice.