When Opportunity Knocks, Try It
Hope you’ve had a fantastic day! Mine has been pretty good.
I woke up this morning thinking about opportunity and how life is filled with its many different variations. The best thing is how it is unexpected, even when you’re creating it for yourself.
This all stemmed from an incredible weekend, last weekend in fact, with family and friends.
I was so excited on Sunday because I was spending the day with people that I dearly love. This day had been a long time coming, four months in the making.
Usually we travel to visit family and friends, but on this special day our people were coming to us. Woohoo! And we were headed to the Buckeye Country Superfest to see Keith Urban, my dreamboat, and Kenny Chesney.
My awesome brother-in-law, Mike, and another good friend arranged the day’s festivities.
We tailgated all afternoon at the Ohio Stadium. Go Bucks! (sorry, I had to do that) The weather was beautiful with fluffy white clouds filling the sky, winds blowing and the sun shining. I couldn’t of asked for a more perfect day. I just love spending time with family and with Brian, which doesn’t happen too often.
I’m a big believer in accepting opportunity when it comes around.
You see, I’m not your typical country music listener. A few years ago, you wouldn’t of caught me listening to country music. Not because it’s bad. It just wasn’t my thing.
When Mike and my sister, Balinda, started inviting us to country concerts a few years ago, we took them up on it. More than anything we wanted to spend time with our people. We’ve gained so much more than that.
The wonderful memories we’ve made are priceless and I’m so grateful for going to those concerts. A smile comes to my face whenever I think about them.
My point here is, even when you don’t think you’ll like something, try doing it anyway. I didn’t know a single Kenny Chesney song the first time I saw him. If I let that get in my way, I wouldn’t have those memories to share with my family. I knew I would enjoy my time with my sisters and spending some quality time with Brian.
An opportunity to try something new can be a bit intimidating, but sometimes you just have to give it a try.
Another great experience that I’m excited to share is about a young lady, we’ll call her Kate, who had the opportunity to try out for a contest to sing Miranda Lambert’s portion of a song with Keith Urban. I do not know Kate personally, but I do know her mom and I’ve watched her grow up since she was a little girl as she lives in my neighborhood.
Kate won that contest and sang her heart out in front of thousands of Keith Urban fans. I felt so proud to know her and to be a fan of Keith Urban to give her that opportunity to create a moment in her life that she will remember forever. I get a little teary eyed just thinking about it. And being a mother, I’m sure her mom couldn’t of been more proud.
Believing you can at least try and learn from your opportunity is the first step.
So what I’m trying to get at here, is that you can’t just sit around and expect life to give you what you want. You’ve got to create it. You’ve got to take advantage of opportunity that comes your way. You’ve got to get out there and experience it.
I know many of us have trouble with this. Obstacles such as money, time, work, responsibilities can get in the way. I experience this all the time. But we’ve just go to try. We just have to get out there and do it. Make something happen. It doesn’t have to be big, grand or expensive. It could be an opportunity to spend time with a friend, take a day off work, enjoy a good book, or eat breakfast with your kids.
I think opportunities can build confidence and help you to step out of your comfort zone. They are about living. So start making things happen for you. Don’t expect someone else to do if for you. You make things happen. You make a difference.
What opportunities have you experienced that offered you to grow in life? Can’t wait to hear about them. Leave me a comment.