I lived in Illinois for the majority of the first 26 years and 8 months of my life. It is there where I was born and grew up. It is there where most of my friends and family reside. It is there where I went to school and church. It is there where I took my first job and discovered what my true passions really are. It is there where I always returned, no matter how far away I ventured off.
I always dreamed of getting out of Illinois. I knew I could fit in almost anywhere and find a way to be happy. As I got older and spent time elsewhere, my appreciation for my home, for my place, grew immensely. Those familiar streets and faces, which always meant a lot to me, meant more now. Those things which I thought were replaceable were not and I wanted to hold onto them as tightly as I could. I could be there forever if I wanted to and be perfectly fine with it, but was that the plan for my life?
As it turns out, God had a very different plan and I find myself enjoying life across Lake Michigan in the Mitten State. Everything I had in my old place is still held near and dear to my heart, but following this path has led to more meaningful things than I can describe. This life-changing journey is just in its beginning stages and I am excited to see where things go as the dust clears, when life really starts.
I was asked yesterday if I was enjoying my life here and I did not even think twice before saying “YES”. This is a place I want to be and I am finding new things to love about it every single day. Things have not always been easy for me and I have had my struggles over the past 8 months, but I know everything is going to be okay. I am where I’m supposed to be. I am in my place and it will all be okay.
Whether you have found where you need to be or not, do not worry. Take life as it comes, listen to what matters most, and be easy on yourself. It may be confusing now, but it won’t always be. Win today and handle tomorrow when it comes. You are one day closer to finding your place.