A Lot Can Change In Five Years

A Lot Can Change In Five Years

A Lot Can Change In Five Years

How much can change in five years?

A lot can change in five years. Five years ago from today, I was loading up my parent’s SUV, packing the beer pong table in the back seat, and heading off to my senior year of college. It was going to be my year. I had a plan in mind that was going to help me overcome my depression, and I was ready to live like a normal college kid. You know, party on the weekends, eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and maybe even skip some classes because I was “too sick” to go.  

Needless to say, here we are five years later still trying to overcome the same obstacles. I am still trying to overcome my depression, still facing challenges on a daily basis, and not even close to where I pictured myself five years ago. But you know what, I am happy with where I am at and with where I am headed.

Five years ago, I really didn’t know what it meant to be an adult. I wasn’t paying any of my own bills, I didn’t know where I would be living, and I didn’t know what I was going to be doing with my life. There was this idea in my head that I was going to be a personal trainer or do something with golf. Truthfully, I was just hoping to have a job that was going to pay more than minimum wage.

See, too often in life we try to control everything that we do. We try to control out future when we don’t even know what tomorrow holds. So how much can change in five years? Well, a lot can change in five years. Just know that I am going to be very vague with this, but here we go.

Throughout the course of the next five years:

– I would become and uncle. Being an uncle is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It has given me a new meaning in life and has shown me that there is so much more to life than just myself. Having someone look up to you, and having someone depend on you is a pretty special feeling.

– I would almost lose my mom due to blood clots. A day after my niece was born, my mom almost passed away as a result of blood clots in her lungs. My dad was traveling a lot for work, so I would commute two hours a day to and from school to help take care of my mom. Honestly, this was somewhat of a blessing. No, not a blessing that my mom almost died, but a blessing because of the relationship we grew.

We were together every single day for six months. During this time, it was mainly me and her. We did everything, shared everything, and grew incredibly close. Who would have thought that something amazing could come from such terrible circumstances.

– I would graduate college and move to Utah. The minute I finished my last final, I loaded up my car and headed west to join the rest of my family. I got a job, saw the mountains, and live there… for six months.

– I would move back from Utah to Minnesota. Actually, my entire family did it. Looking back at it, I don’t think any of us really gave Utah a fair chance. But it just didn’t feel like home. We knew nobody, we didn’t have family out there, and we lacked comfort.

– I would find my dream job. You know what, not everyday at work is going to be great, but life is too short to focus on the negatives. I applied for one company. I wanted to work for this company, and I wanted to grow with the company. After about a month of applying to every position, I got a job. No the job is not always fun, but the people that I work with are some of my closest friends. For me, the environment in which I am in is what makes my job so enjoyable.

– I would buy two cars. Not one, but two. See, I am a person who saves money like a madman. Purchasing my first car was one of the most stressful experiences that I have ever encountered. But it just didn’t feel right to me. After nine months, I decided to say “yolo” and trade my car in for the one that I truly wanted. Yeah, that only happened two days ago, but better late than never.

– I would start a blog. Ok, remember that young man at the top of the page that was just moving into his senior year of college? If you would have told him that in five years he would be starting a blog, he would have laughed at you. He would have laughed, he would have made fun of you, and he would have judged the shit out of you. Well, to that senior in college, here I am. Actually, here you are, five years later…

But in all reality, starting a blog was one of the best things that I’ve done. I have a way to release my emotions, as well as trying to provide inspiration to others. So to that young man five years ago, remember that ignorance is bliss.

– I would find my meaning in life. Little did I know that my life would be focused around motivation and positivity. After years of dealing with depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder, it was time to turn my life around. Investing in motivation and positivity would help change my life. It has given me hope, it has helped me find meaning in my life, and it has given me motivation to pursue my dreams.

– I would become the happiest that I have ever been in life. A lot can change in five years. During this time, I would see all time lows only to find new all time highs. I have never walked around feeling more proud of myself and more happy with the life that I am living. Every day, I am living my best life, and I am living it to the fullest.

A lot of my happiness can be contributed to the fact that I focus my life on positivity and motivation. From sunup to sundown, I focus on being as happy as I can. Life is too short to live with hatred or negativity. If we truly want to make the most out of life, be happy, and be successful, we need to find positivity in our lives. It will drive us every single day, and it will help us in living your best life.

Concluding thoughts:

So the next time that something doesn’t go your way, learn to accept it. Odds are, you future will not turn out the way you want it to. You are going to grow, you are going to learn, and your beliefs are probably going to change. A lot can change in five years. So set goals for yourself and know what you want in life, but don’t be scared to live on the edge a bit. Don’t be scared of change and learn to live your best life each and every day.

Michael Bonnell



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