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A Beautiful Detour

Angela Tseng

Recently I had someone tell me: the moment you start celebrating success is the start of your failure. And if got me thinking … a lot!

After meeting and talking to many people all around the world I have come to realize something: everyone, no matter their age, gender, or culture is trying to figure out something; being it in their careers, relationships, or just their purposes in life.

But recently I made the big mistake to think I was close to have it figured out … until I realized I wasn’t. What I had thought was going smoothly and according to plans WAS actually going smoothly and according to plans, but in my head, not in real life.

And I am very happy and grateful that I was able to hit a wall at an early stage of my “arrogance”. I realized that I was no longer listening, I was no longer trying, and I was no longer learning because I was comfortable and maybe even “celebrating” perceived success. But when reality finally hit me I realized how lost and UNfigured out I was. And that is when I took a step back, took a break, and revamped my plans. Although I still don’t have it down, life gave me a gift from this experience: a beautiful detour, where I could see things in a different perspective and remember to always stay on my toes.

It is really easy to get lost when we are too focused on the destination while too many things are being thrown at us that we end up forgetting to enjoy the road leading us there. So taking a little detour is not always a bad idea, because you might see beautiful things that were not in the original path, you might learn a different route, or you might even completely change your mind about your destination. But either way, detours happen for a reason like Carmen Borgonovo said: everything happens for a reason, so there’s always a purpose for the path you went down – even if it was tough.

For me the most valuable lesson from all this was: to be a student forever because there will always be something new to learn and to be confident enough to stay true to yourself but humble enough to accept criticism because people who will take the time to criticize you are the people who care.