After walking upstairs I sat down and started browsing through one of the books I found. Flipping through the pages, I read this passage:
"Something really bad happened to me, something that changed my life in ways that,
if I had a choice, it would never have been changed at all.
And what I learned from it is what, today, sometimes seems to be the hardest lesson of all.
I learned to love the journey, not the destination. I learned that this is not a dress rehearsal,
and that today is the only guarantee you get.
I learned to look at all the good in the world and to try to give some of it back, because
I believed in it completely and utterly. And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned, even though so many people may have thought I sounded like a Pollyanna."
-Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life
I needed to read that passage at that very moment. It may have taken a horrible thing happening to me before I started living life the way I am meant to live, and that includes sharing my story with people around the world, but I really am happy. No amount of regrets will change my situation which is exactly why I can't allow myself to get caught up in them.
Oh, and you would think I would toss those goggles in the trash, right?
Nope. They'll go with me to the next speaking event, hopefully located in a high school!