“The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do, they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be, exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place at the right time.”—How I Met Your Mother, Right Place Right Time (2009)
i love it when you stumble across a valuable life lesson without even meaning to and having that “i’m gonna look back on this someday and remember it’s importance” kinda feeling.
this came about at work tonight when i asked the sales manager at the gym i work at what the deal was with all the wooden ducks in his office. he has about 3-4 wooden ducks on a shelf near his desk, clearly not something you would expect to see from a guy who has a full sleeve of hardcore tattoos and is guilty of wearing ed hardy.
he goes on to explain how ever since he was a young boy, he was told to “keep your ducks in a row” because he was always one to do something without thinking or get too ahead of himself. because of his rashness, he got himself into all kinds of trouble but was able to get himself out of it and make a pretty good life for himself now. those wooden ducks were given to him by someone important who always reminded him to keep his ducks in a row or he’ll get into trouble again. having experience as a team leader with previous jobs as a manager of a team, he always made sure to teach everyone this lesson of “keeping your ducks in a row”. and without meaning to, he kind of did the same to me as he was telling me all this (although probably not as profoundly as his life story). basically he explains it by asking “what can you do right now to get to your goal?” try not to think of the big picture all the time, but instead focus on how to get there and what steps you need to take to get to that end product. and even when you have achieved it, what steps do you need to take to keep it? it seems so simple when you just say it like that..
if anyone really knows me, they know that i like to prepare things and am not really one to just randomly do something big. i’m a thinker and a big organizer. it may not always show it in my room where my clothes are just thrown everywhere and my desk looks like a rabid animal was searching around for food, but i like to plan things out, sort out the pros and cons, and take my time with decisions, planning out my every move. now i will say this “lack of immediate action” has been a downfall in certain situations where i feel like i just allowed good opportunities to pass me by. but i’m still a fan of being prepared the best as i can be. i wish i was more spontaneous and out there though, but i feel like i’m getting better at that.
with graduation coming in 38 days (!) and as things keep piling on, i need to really remember to keep this saying true. i can’t just focus on the end coming and pray for its quick delivery. it’s hard because i want to live it up yolo style, but i need to keep reminding myself how important it is to get my work done, finish this semester strong and continue to plan for the future. but i guess i realized more that it’s not only important to plan things out accordingly, but to appreciate each step and appreciate what little time i have left here with my friends, classmates, and professors. i know this is getting too sappy real quick, but instead of complaining about how much time i have to spend on campus or how much work needs to get done in the library, i’m going to try even harder to make the most of these 38 days ‘cause i know i’ll never have anything like it again.
this is just a friendly reminder to myself that i need to just stay focused, stay hungry, and keep my ducks(or to pick another animal ‘cause real ducks kinda freak me out, i pick giraffes) in a row.