“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You must trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs
The quote above is from one of the most amazing speeches I’ve seen on YouTube given by Steve Jobs to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. I have watched it more times than I like to admit and have shared it with pretty much everyone I could force to watch it (I know deep down everyone appreciated it lol!)
So how do my dots connect?
I was born in Cardiff, Wales and spent 15 years of my life there. When I was 11 my parents took me out of school for 3 months and we travelled around Australia with a stop off in Hong Kong which gave me life experience you could never learn in a school. We all fell in love with the State Queensland and just after my 15th Birthday my parent’s dreams became reality and we moved to Australia leaving behind our family, friends and life as we knew it.
I have had some of my darkest days in Australia, but I’ve also had some of my best and for a long time my life had been a graph of dots scattered randomly with no meaning or purpose.
I am now approaching 30 and I am far from the timid, Welsh 15 year old I once was. It’s only now that I finally understand that if it wasn’t for all the ups and downs, I’ve endured over the years I wouldn’t be on the path I am today. It’s not about dwelling in the past but acknowledging what you have overcome to get to where you are today.
Take some time to reflect on the dots in your life whether you are on the path you want to be or not. Celebrate your achievements so far and trust that no matter what dots are thrown at you (good or bad) they will somehow connect in the future.
**I highly recommend creating a “Reverse Bucket List” along side this activity. You can see how and why by clicking on the link above!**
Thanks for reading and make sure you share your smile with the world today ☮
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