The Right Place At The Right Time



I’ve been extremely lucky in that, throughout my life, people and opportunities have appeared at a time when I needed them most. Today was no exception.

I made a decision a while ago that I was going to take the risk, and it is my mantra and theme for 2015. The concept of risk to me is a rather alien one – I’ve always played it safe and followed the path that I believed to be expected of me rather than seeking out something that I actually wanted. As I look at my life, I am appreciative that I have a wonderful relationship, a supportive family and amazing friends and every evening I return home to be greeted by two little cats, a warm house and a cupboard of food. I’m lucky, and I would say that, in general, I’m happy.

However, as I age I become more conscious of the fact that life is short. With that in mind, I have decided to make an enormous change in my life and how I choose to live it, and I’m currently experiencing lots of feelings of elation and excitement, swiftly followed by anxiety, guilt and self-doubt. It has been an emotional roller coaster.

A random conversation with someone today has led to a huge development and opportunity that I hadn’t previously considered as I didn’t believe it was available to me. I found myself in the right place at the right time and talking to the right person – it has arrived at exactly the right time and has cemented that fact that what I am doing is the right thing.

The feelings of doubt still haven’t left and I’m not expecting them to for a while, but at least I know that I have the support of the ones I care the most about. I might fall flat on my face, but at least I can say that I tried.

After all, isn’t that what life is all about?

What about you guys? Has a chance conversation or meeting changed your direction in life?

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58 thoughts on “The Right Place At The Right Time

  1. It usually happens to me when I decide to let go of a situation I cannot do anything about. It’s a bit like opening yourself to the unknown I guess. There is definitely something to be said about tapping into “the abundance of the universe” πŸ˜‰. Wishing you every success in your new endeavour.

  2. Rather inspiring post. Years ago when we started our business (long since sold with a worthwhile profit) I must have handed out hundreds of business cards. Then one day, the firm struggling, a card handed out 18 months previous and we hit the mother load. Whereas today I got out of bed full of life’s joys yet managed to smash my foot on the bed leg and it (my foot that is) now resembles a purple cows udder. Such is risk! Best of luck.

    • That’s such a great story – it’s amazing how sometimes things seems to fall in the right place at the right time! I’m sorry to hear about your foot (although your description made me laugh!) Hope it gets better soon!

  3. So I’m dying to know what your big opportunity is! Seriously, the decision to get married ranks as my #1 Huge Risk-taking Adventure. From where I sit now, #2 has to be starting my blog! Not that I don’t enjoy writing. It’s just that I’m a Very Private Person. I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying being a writer (of my own stuff!) and how much I’m learning about and from other bloggers. What a trip! I know, I won’t fall off a high-wire in a circus tent, but it still gives me a thrill to hit Publish!

    • Haha! Thanks Elouise! I’m not going into lots of details yet, but it’s certainly good in my little world. I’m 33 and have never been married, so I can imagine that must be one of the biggest life decisions (and risks) that anyone could ever take!

      I know exactly what you mean about the blog – mine has changed my life!

  4. Not yet, but I am definitely open to the suggestion of it happpening.

    I am glad you had your moment! πŸ˜€

  5. I love when things work out like that, when you least expect them to. Although sometimes it’s difficult to put yourself out there so you’ll be open to the possibility of being in the right place. As you said, it’s a risk.
    Good luck!

  6. Sounds like you are at an exciting moment in your life. I wish you the best with it. My own take on right place/right time is that I’m always at that place and time; it’s just that most of the time I’m too afraid for one reason or another to see it. When I stop letting fear crowd my vision, opportunities explode in front of me. Maybe not the ones I’ve been looking for, but life-changing ones nonetheless. {8~)

  7. These kind of “what if I was more adventurous” thoughts torture me all the time. I am only too aware that a spontaneous decision to, say, go to eat at a particular place impacts who you meet (and in my case was the beginning of my best friendship). And I could just as easily let that opportunity pass by and let a huge part of my life go! As I continue to search for a potential boyfriend/husband this is even more stressful! Should I go to this convention? Strike up a conversation with a cute waiter? If I don’t I may be giving up my life partner! So yes I totally try to be risky but I am not good at it!

  8. I took the biggest risk of my life when I decided to move abroad to teach – best decision I ever made! So whatever it is you’re doing (and I have to say I’m intrigued!), go for it!

      • A city in China most people have never heard of called Shenzhen – just across the boarder from Hong Kong with a population of around 14 million people. It was quite a change! But by far the best decision I’ve ever made. Are you willing to share the risk that you’re taking yet?

    • I say you should follow the inner monologue! Start writing – you never know where it will lead – I can honestly say that my decision to start a blog has changed my life…

  9. So many different conversations or chance meetings have changed the course of my life. That’s why I think it’s super important to be lovely to everyone as you don’t know the doors they’ll open for you along the way

  10. Suzie,
    Yet, again I’ll mention driving my daughter to her first violin lesson, which led me to take up the violin. I also tagged along with the rest of the family who was skiing and the next two seasons , I went skiing. These journeys were all the more amazing as I have some health issues which affect my mobility so I never would have expected to pull of either of these challenging activities. Every day, you need to take that leap into the unknown and have just enough faith in yourself to believe you can do it and that if you fall on your face, you also have the strength and or the nouse to get up again and have another go! xx Rowena
    PS As I write this, I have a broken foot in a boot. The challenges never stop coming and we will hopefully never stop growing!!

      • It’s doing pretty well, thanks Suzie. Mainly in protection mode now. There’s that balance of having the courage to take risks and step out there but also needing to be careful so I don’t re-injure. The boot gives it great protection and we have become great friends and I’m in the process of organising some physio. xx Rowena

  11. Absolutely. My husband was able to see how unhappy I was at my 9-5 desk job and call me out on it. I was so deep in the storm that I never could even THINK about possibilities. He could. When he suggested I just quit and start editing and writing from home it was like a light bulb went off. I’ve never looked back and I’m happier than ever. Good luck!

  12. There is no such thing as a chance meeting to me. I believe in Divine meetings and appointments. Had one the other day. At 1:30 in the morning, I met someone that changed my life and everything I had gone through prior finally made sense. My favorite line of this post is: ‘I might fall flat on my face, but at least I can say that I tried.”

    There’s no such thing as falling flat on your face. Life has a way of moving us in the direction we’re supposed to go therefore its all good.

    Stopping by from SITS. Best wishes to you as you take on a new risk.

  13. I think you have to rake risks sometime and choose to live life rather then plod along. Last year was so busy for me with study I felt life was just passing on by too quickly. This year I want to do more.

    Opportunities do turn up in unexpected places/times. I am intrigued about this conversation of yours? ;o)

    You should never feel guilty about living life to the full! But that is something a lot of us need to get to grips with.

    Life can sometimes take a turn in the journey which was unexpected and not a good thing (eg 4 years ago diagnosed with MS). But I can’t say its all bad (it is well controlled on medication) because through my diagnosis I have discovered new things like blogging. I have made new friends. Some of these things I may not of done/discovered if it wasn’t for MS?? Who knows.

    Great post

    Kate x

    • Thanks Kate – I didn’t know about your diagnosis. I always have so much admiration for people who are always so positive in life, particularly when having to deal with unforeseen challenges…. You’re an inspirational woman!

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  15. I took a huge risk, after a rather nasty previous relationship, to go to Brighton for the weekend with a friend. I was not in the mood for anything that weekend, didn’t want to go, and tried all I could to not have to go. The journey in the car was horrible and the hotel was awful. Even the weather was dreadful, with wind and rain and all I wanted to do was jump off the end of Brighton pier (because I can’t swim)!

    That weekend I met my partner and we will be celebrating 22 very happy years together this year, and nine years in a civil partnership.

  16. Came to America when I was 18 for Camp America, met my now husband, we did the Dirty Daning movie summer camp thing. We couldn’t forget each other. He worked hard and got me a job in the USA, and I have not looked back since. Changed my LIFE forever. Living in Old Coulsdon, Surry I never thought I would ever get to go to America, let alone travel the world and marry in Cairo, Egypt!!!!

  17. That IS what life is about. I say have a crack, and the best of luck! It’s all an adventure. Embrace it. I’m excited to hear more!! πŸ˜€

  18. Being in the right place at the right time has to do with soul contracts that activate at the appropriate time. Trust this. Live your life in a manner that allows you to recognize that every interaction is intended for your highest good.

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