Things DO Happen for a Reason

I’ve always thought everything happens for a reason. I’ve always been able to find the silver lining.

But for the last two years, for the first time in my life, I’ve felt like nothing happens for a reason and everything just sucks. Nothing seemed to go my way and I was starting to turn into a bitter depressed person.

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My friends and family kept telling me to move somewhere, anywhere that wasn’t New York. They pointed out NY isn’t the art hub it once was and we just didn’t seem happy. I refused to listen because I’m stubborn and I didn’t want to be seen as a quitter.

Then our daughter’s pediatrician suggested we move to a warmer climate to help with Amelia’s breathing. During warm months she’s fine but when it’s really cold she needs to use a nebulizer. The second I heard that I decided I was done with New York and started being open to my husband’s idea of moving to LA.

But I was still sad and scared. Despite the fact that I have more friends in LA than New York, change is always scary and I pouted for months about the move.

Then we went to LA over spring break and I had so much fun. I reconnected with some childhood friends from Kansas, camp friends, Interlochen friends, and comedy friends. Amelia ran around outside all day without needing a nebulizer once. We found an affordable preschool that we LOVE. We got an apartment in an amazing public school district. We found a summer camp. We got more done in 2 weeks in LA than 2 years in NY. Everything is just easier there and more importantly we are happier there.

When it was time to go home, for the first time ever I dreaded going to New York. But then it hit me… things really DO happen for a reason.

The past 2 years have been horrible and I hate having to do the nebulizer with Amelia but let’s face it I am stubborn and hate change, even if it’s change for the better. The only way I would have ever wanted to move was if things were just plain awful and my daughter was effected. It took 2 years of stress to get me to be ok with a move that will make everyone in our family happier. Also, if things had gone the way I wanted last year we may not have been able to move when the doctor suggested it.

So once again I truly believe that things happen for a reason. I just hope that next time around I can be a little less stuck in my ways.

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4 Responses to “Things DO Happen for a Reason”

  1. star71 April 2, 2015 at 1:22 PM #

    I’m with you Shannon…
    Things do happen for a reason…
    I was stuck in a shitty job but with quite a few people that I liked working with for the past 2 years….
    My last day is Saturday…
    Come to find out… None of these people REALLY care if I’m going… OK, maybe a couple…
    Some of the customers… They’ll realize AFTER I’m gone what an asset I was once I’m gone for all the customer service I did and the 10’s I brought in with my scores…
    But I’m happy to be moving on with a NEW job, better paying and helping my family having a better life…
    So I’m with you…
    I hate change, it’s scary… I’ve lived in the same town ALL my life… So I know what you mean about moving… LOL
    I know you’re excited…
    Can’t wait for you to share the adventures of your move…

  2. Mimi Johnston April 2, 2015 at 7:58 PM #

    Amelia is so big now! I remember your pictures of her when she was just barely standing! I’m really happy that you guys are getting to be in a place that is healthier for all of you.

  3. Jess April 2, 2015 at 8:06 PM #

    They really do. I’m glad you guys are moving to a place that is going to make things better for you all. I think you’re going to take LA by storm! I know it if weren’t for Warren I would have not been volunteering in the school and then asked about applying to be a substitute para. Despite my anxiety and easily stressed out…self lol. I love my job! I don’t like the inconsistent paycheck, but I’m hoping I will be hired full time eventually. You guys will do amazing in LA and now I have another reason to want to visit!

  4. storywrtr April 3, 2015 at 3:03 PM #

    Things do happen for a reason as long as you allow them to happen… I’m one of those “If it’s meant to be” sort of people. I’m so glad you are enjoying your new home and that this transition is positive for you all. More good things will come! Keep the faith! :-)

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