I love the line in Forrest Gump where he says, “Life is a box of chocolates; you never know what you will get.”
That may be true but I never cared for those fancy boxes of chocolates anyway. Some have gotten smart and give a legend so you know what is inside but if you don’t have that sometimes you get those yucky syrupy ones that ooze out and make me nauseous.
Personally I prefer those cheaper bags of Hershey’s or Dove’s that tell you what to expect. I guess that makes me a non-risk taker. I want to know what comes next.
Unfortunately life isn’t that way. We can buy specific flavors of candy knowing exactly what is inside but we never know what tomorrow will bring.
There’s an old saying, “There are only two things you can count on in life: death and taxes.”
It would be nice if we could write our own story and have all the loose ends tied up in a nice pretty bow but it doesn’t work that way. The trouble is there are other people in this world with their own idea of how things should work out and sometimes their story messes up our novel. They want to be the protagonist and live their own idea of happily ever after.
We can manipulate our life to an extent and part of why we are where we are today is due to decisions we make.
You choose whom you are friends with and that has results. In most cases we pick our own marriage partners and that has still another result.
When we give birth we can’t decide which children we have but the spouse and in-laws we marry and lets face it you do marry a whole family, helps decide the outcome or our offspring.
Our career choices determine the income we make, the people we interact with and the area we live in help form the people we become.
And speaking of where we live that also has a factor in our lives. If you live in the northeast you will be exposed to a certain type of people and weather. Living in the south has a different set of folks and climate, west coast yet another condition.
So even though we can’t choose exactly how our lives turn out the decisions we make has a lot to do with the outcome.
Billy Joel- My Life: