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Plans B, C, D make life interesting

Northern State of Mind

November 28, 2010

Lately, I've been busy, really busy. It must be the holidays. I've been filling up nearly every moment of my day with something productive-work, school, more school. You know, the usual. It's given me a great sense of accomplishment, as well as a sense of purpose, I suppose.

Being a girl who is generally overwhelmed when there isn't plenty of time to relax and be lazy, it's been an interesting step out of my comfort zone.

We all know life doesn't always go according to plan. At times, it's frustrating, overwhelming and downright irritating. And when you have to pick up the pieces and try to regroup, it can sometimes feel like we don't have time to sit down and breathe. But when we look back at some of life's plan that didn't go exactly as we wanted, sometimes we realize it was for the better.

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This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for those fortunate accidents that help make my life just how it is-messy.

How often have we applied for a job and didn't get it. This summer, my mom got to experience the hectic task of filling out application after application and then had to sit by the phone and wait for a call. Times are hard for everybody, this we know. And jobs are not easy to come by-for anybody.

After being passed up by several potential employers that my mom thought were the best choice for her, she finally got a job that was better than the ones she applied for previously. Now, she's happier than before.

And college students, how many times do we not get into the class that we want, whether it's an HP class, or an English class with one of our friends. Either way, it's always a let down. But once the semester begins and we give our backup class a chance, it turns out that we make a new friend or learn something we didn't expect to.

We always have Plan A. Plan A's are always idyllic. But if life always went according to Plan A, then when would the messy stuff happen-the fun stuff.

Now that I'm living my life on my Plan B's C's and D's I'm realizing that I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'm enjoying my life and all the brilliant things it is filled with at the given time-even when life gets a bit messy, it's still fun.

And I know that no matter where life takes me, there is always that little something watching over me, making sure not everything goes perfectly. Because when I live life on my backup plan, that's when I learn a lesson or to, make a new friend, and learn a little bit about myself.

Editor's note: Chelsey Roath is a student at Northern Michigan University. Her weekly column on college life in Marquette runs on Sundays. Her e-mail is



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