Everything Happens for a Reason. E.H.F.A.R. Sounds cliché, right? And it’s usually the very last thing someone going through something unpleasant wants to hear. BUT, I believe in my very heart of hearts that it’s true. I honestly do.

I’m a glass is half-full, kind of girl. I want to believe that even bad things are part of a bigger plan. I believe in God’s plan. I want to believe that when life gives you lemons, you should make a lemon drop.

I’ve had many ups and downs in life. Some of them extremely painful. And while I couldn’t see what good could come out of the bad situation while I was in the middle of it, I wanted with all my heart and soul to believe there was a reason for it. It will be one year since I lost my Dad this November. It was such a kick in the face since he was not sick, as far as we knew. He lived to be 91 years old and 14 days. He had a great life and was the best Dad anyone could ask for. Although I was so devastated by his loss, I have memories that will be with me for the rest of my life. I’ve learned to appreciate the ones I love here and now because when I said goodbye to my Dad for the last time and told him I would see him the very next day, I had no idea it was the last time I was going to say goodbye.

At the end of the day, after a bit of the tears were gone, I found some rays of hope and happiness and joy. We have “our song” that we danced to at our wedding and it kept coming on the radio in the months after. I can’t imagine “Can’t Smile Without You”, by Barry Manilow is super popular on the radio these days, so I feel like it was my Dad just coming to say hello. Bittersweet for sure.

Perhaps I’m just a big romantic or maybe I’m not what is considered a “realist”, but I am most definitely hopeful and want to believe there is a small amount of good in everything and everyone. So, I DO believe that everything happens for a reason. Because changes in our life, whether good or bad, happen for a reason and sends us on a path to a meaningful lesson or maybe even our next adventure!

Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Let me know in the comments.

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