It’s Funny How Things Work Out…

It’s funny how things work out.

This is a statement I’ve thought many times in the past year.

If you look back on your life, hopefully you’ve also experienced many instances where you’ve thought it too. Moments where, if you travelled back in time and told your younger self what would happen, younger you wouldn’t have ever believed it.

As I write this I’m currently on a plane heading to Austria to do a week’s work for all my time favourite company in the world of sport, Line Skis. This isn’t a goal or objective that I would say I’ve definitely been working towards in life but unsurprisingly it’s an opportunity I’m incredibly grateful for.

(It would also be remiss of me not to thank my good friend Row Emery here for the big part he played in making this happen, thank you Row!).

One of the key beliefs in the Christian faith is that “God works in mysterious ways” and regardless of your beliefs, to me it’s a sentiment that has great value in life. It’s so easy to get so focused on the day to day happenings and very easily get down or discouraged, particularly when things aren’t going your way, especially when you’re faced with something unexpected that makes you re-evaluate your whole plan in life.

Increasingly over the past few years I’ve seen friends go through hard times and have to deal with problems and issues that have completely thrown them off the path they had planned to walk in hopes of achieving their goals.

But looking back a few years later, the challenges they had to face and difficult decisions they had to make, have completely altered their approach towards life and they’re now far happier and more successful than they most likely would have been if they’d carried on with their initial plan.

I’ve had the song “God’s Plan” by Drake on repeat recently, if you’ve seen the music video you’ll know that half way through, the music stops and cuts to this quote…

“Thank God for what’s happening right now. It might not be good, but thank God”.

I think this quote perfectly sums up the idea that although you might be going through a struggle right now, hopefully in a few years time you’ll look back and be grateful that you had to go through it and be glad that things worked out the way they did.

I’m far too early on in my career to be giving out advice, but in my experience so far, for me and many others, it’s been really funny how things have worked out.

It’s debated who actually said this next quote, but it’s stuck in my head from the moment I heard it…

“It’ll all be all right in the end. And if it’s not all right, it’s not the end”.

So remember, it’s funny how things work out and I wish you every success.

Jack

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Jack Tompkins