This is kind of a hard post for me to write on. I guess because I never "expected" my life to turn out one way or another. I have always believed that no matter if an event is "unhappy" or even "negative", they have still shaped who I am as a person. And while sometimes the idea of "everything happens for a reason" can be used too often and not always appropriately (I do not believe that unexpected deaths, harming others, etc was "planned" or "meant to be") I do think that it has a domino effect to how our lives move past that point.
Sure there are thing that I thought I'd have or be at this point in my life - Masters Degree, marriage/children, etc - but I just remind myself that these things come in time and will happen when they happen. But I don't ever think of these things in the terms of my life being "not what I expected". I am happy, with friends and family who love me, and in the end that's what counts.It's the simple things that matter.