Life is a funny thing, isn’t it? Sometimes we plan for it to the point where we almost stop living it. Ever heard of pre-destination? Well, it’s sort of like that. We have this idea dreamt up of what we foresee in our future — not taking into account the deviations that may occur. Ten years ago, I always thought twenty-six would be the best year of my life. I thought at this magical age, I’d be engaged, planning my dream wedding, closing on my first home and on my way to living happily ever after. Sounds pretty promising.
Flash forward to today. Instead, I was thrown a giant curve ball and all of that fairy dust had finally worn off. I found (actually, find) myself newly single living in a one bedroom apartment not knowing what tomorrow holds. It was a scary, scary thought to have to start back at square one and from scratch. I thought, am I going to be alone forever? Am I going to be able to survive on my own? Will life go on? Silly me, of course it will. Rather than seeing it as the worst situation of my life, I viewed it through a new lens… a more realistic one. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise — a time for me to pave my own path and go where the road takes me.
Because you can never really truly plan for tomorrow.
I may be adapting to a new routine, taking on new expenses, adjusting my schedule and at times, pulling my hair out and wanting to crawl into a hole. But, I’m also gaining a new sense of independence, indulging in my passions and booking trips from left to right. And I can truly say that I’ve never been happier. I found myself breathing in fresh air once again. Twenty-six has already been nothing short of amazing, and it’s for all of the right reasons — and those reasons are for me.
Last weekend, my wanderlust of a best friend and I planned for a day trip to Port Austin. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as promising. So, we had to go with plan B (which didn’t exist). But in a split second, we found ourselves cruising down the road and on our way to Ann Arbor. It was a day well spent exploring downtown from brunch to botanical gardens to graffiti filled alley ways. The expected is what keeps life stable, but the unexpected is what keeps it interesting. And Red Follows Her Bliss captured it perfectly.
THE STYLE GUIDE | sport bra: victoria’s secret // bottoms: victoria’s secret // top: f21 // shoes: free people // jacket: h&m (similar) // sunnies: maui jim // bag: vince camuto // bracelet: fitbit // necklace: dogeared // photography: red follows her bliss