Taking the Hits

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to take a couple of hits.

For example, if you need a new car and you’re out looking; you’ve decided to give yourself six months to find a car and then after that, if you haven’t found anything, you’ve reached desperation and will take anything.

So, you start your search and in the beginning, you’re kind of picky about what you want; you want the features you feel that would make you happy. With these necessities in mind you look around and can’t really find anything but you think, “There’s still time, I’ll find it.”

The search continues on and you can’t find what you’re looking for AT ALL. Either it’s out of your price range or it’s not what you want and you’re now nearing your deadline. Eventually, you find a car that works for you, it’s in your price range but it doesn’t have ALL the features you want but that’s okay because you really need this car… NOW.

So, you go and you buy it.

About three weeks later, you are crusing around in your new car and on the side of the road, for sale by owner, you find the car that you wanted this entire time! You immediately pull over and you start talking to the guy about it and it has everything you wanted! It’s in your price range (or was) and you think, “If only I had waited just a little bit longer!” Try as you might, there’s no way to exchange the car and you know you can’t sell yours quick enough to meet THIS seller’s needs. You try and try but there’s nothing you can do to get things to work out.

You just have to take the hit.

Be happy with what you have; maybe it’s what you’ll end up really needing instead of this other car.

It’s a hit. It happens.

Same thing goes with trying to find a job. You search and search for something you think you might like and, ultimately, you find what you know you can work with and then shortly thereafter, you see an ad for what you might consider perfect for you at that time. Sure, you can probably up and leave the job you just started four months  prior if it’s not really what you wanted but you might be in the situation where you feel you can’t. It’s just another hit you have to take.

The way it always happens for me is that I’m looking for something and I can never find exactly what I want so, I’ll settle for something else and then either a) it comes out but it’s too expensive to afford anyway or b) I’ll no longer need it but it’ll show up everywhere. That could probably be chalked up to just bad luck but it’s still a hit that I have to take.

In times like these, when I know I’ve got to take the hit and stick with what I have, I can’t help but start to sing: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find, you get what you need.”

While I might be taking this hit, maybe it’s for the better. Maybe what I have is more of what I really need than what I wanted. Sometimes, getting what you want isn’t always that great as you would have hoped.

And sometimes, just sometimes, not getting what you want can be a wonderful stroke of luck (Dalai Lama).


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