“Everything happens for a reason.”

I’ve been living by this mantra since I was 7 years old. It started when I was old enough to understand what death was. I lost my first grandparent at age 4 and started to realize what that meant when I lost another at age 5. By the time the third went, I was 7 years old and my frontal lobe was starting to develop, allowing for a better understanding of what was going on (that one’s for you Dad).

I’m not sure where I first heard it but I remember the phrase striking me. What could possibly be the reason for someone leaving their loved ones behind? Why was this all happening? I didn’t like seeing my family upset! As I grew older I began to realize that this quote didn’t just apply to the passing of loved ones – it applied to everything in life. Not just negative things, but positive ones as well! Once I realized that, I felt a sense of knowing and relief that I’d never grasped before.

There are things in life that we have no control over. We can try to chase meaning for the rest of our time on Earth… but really where is that going to get us? Don’t drive yourselves crazy attempting to answer all of the questions of the universe. It’s healthy to think philosophically on occasion but take comfort in knowing that everything truly does happen for a reason, even if that reason can’t immediately been seen. Some day you might figure out why it did, or maybe you won’t. Either way, take the struggles in stride and let them make you a stronger person, you’ll be better off in the long run.

Thank you to Stephanie of Letters From Rita for illustrating my favorite quote! I’ve been posting it in different parts of my apartment as a constant reminder. I highly recommend getting your own mantra illustrated so that you can do the same!


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