When I was in my teens and still in high school, I had a strong desire to move outside of my existing environment. I was not unhappy. I just wanted to experience more. I was not a student, and college was neither a desire nor an alternative. So I joined the Air Force, and the rest of my life began. I saw places I would not have seen. I met people I would never have met. And I got to do things I never would have had a chance to do. It started to change the view.
As the years passed, I was fortunate to find employment that allowed me to continue to explore that which had previously been out of reach. Business trips exposed me to new surroundings, new cultures, new friends. With each new experience, my vision continued to change, both physically and psychologically. I was not only reshaping my world, but also my mind. What I saw was as new to me as my perception of it.
A friend of mine recently lamented that she did not think the view would ever change, and I assured her it would, whether she wanted it to or not. As we grow, we continue to experience new things and new people, and they in turn impact how we see and perceive things. They are a part of who we become. I am not a psychologist by any means. I even have to spell check the word. But I personally believe that pessimists are not born. They are shaped by their view and the decisions they make. I have met too many positive people that came from difficult environments. They simply chose to change the view.
When I sit back now and reflect on all the life that has flowed under my bridges, I have come to understand that for all things there is a reason. Everything that happens, within or beyond our control has a purpose. To me, what is important however, is what we do with it. How do we choose to respond. We are a product of our choices. I am fortunate. From where I sit, I have a very pleasant view.