I am a huge planner. I have always had a life plan, maybe not the specifics but a direction for sure. I was going to get my undergrad in English then dual MBA/JD with a focus on corporate law. My dad, who has always supported my every decision, told me that I NEEDED to get my bachelors in business, that is the only thing he would recommend. My parent’s approval and support meant everything to me, so I went along with my dad’s change of plan.
About halfway through my degree in marketing (which I loved), I was in a horrific car crash. On my way to class, I was t- boned by 16-foot box truck who ran the red light. I was utterly unable to stop the accident. I sustained a shattered right wrist, lacerations, and soft tissue damage. My truck sustained 360-degree damage and was deemed totaled. I did not drive for two years, I took a year off from school, and the vibrant goal-oriented girl I used to be was a distant memory.
I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. I worked with several counselors to find the correct tools to start putting my life back together and discover some sense of normalcy. Those closest to me know what to do when I have a panic attack, they hold me together when I have a terrible day. I am still learning about all the myriad of ways my life has changed, but it is slowly getting better over time.
It has been six years since the crash knocked my life off course. Today I am happily married, I have my degree in marketing, and I just started my own marketing business. My little company was born two months ago, I have three clients, and am operating in the green. I have been so thoroughly pushed out of my comfort zone that it has been both terrifying and rewarding. I have learned to listen to what my mind and body need and accommodate those needs. I have spoken to potential clients, attended local networking events, and even made several friends. While I may no longer be the entirely independent girl I used to be I have learned that allowing others to help isn’t a detriment, it is something that makes me strong. I have more empathy for others and am more grateful.
My life is nothing like I always pictured, but I am right where I am supposed to be.
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