Notes from the Editor: The Other Path

By Karyn L. Beach

I don’t have many regrets. But, I did have one pretty big one, one that had followed me for almost two decades … and then something amazing happened. It went away.

Yes. It did.

Just like that!

I always wondered what would have happened if I would have made the decision to just stay in Cleveland. I could have married my college sweetheart and had a couple of kids.

When I would see women who had that kind of domestic setting, I would feel tugs of envy and tinges of regret. “Maybe, I should have…” I would say to myself.

Christmas before last, I went home for a visit. While hanging out with a good friend, we made a stop by her sister’s house. Her sister had it all – the hubby and the nice home and the beautiful kids. She was exactly the kind of woman that sparked those tugs and tinges within me.

I asked her how she’d been because we hadn’t seen each other in quite a while (years). And she talked about the husband and the kids and the job and she seemed truly happy. And, I was truly happy for her. As we prepared to leave, I had an epiphany.

In that moment, I realized, that if her life had been my life, I would have spent years in quiet desperation. I would not have been happy. I probably would have driven myself crazy! I realized that the road frequently traveled wasn’t the road for me. I’d been on the right path – my path – all along.

I thought about all the amazing things I’d seen and done and the insane variety of people I’ve met that never would have been possible living day-to-day in a suburb of Cleveland.

Yes, I still want the hubby and the kid (not plural!) but I need to have that in my own way in my own time. At that moment, I literally felt the weight being lifted from my shoulders and I knew that I would never again feel those same tugs and tinges. I can appreciate someone else’s path without wishing it were my own.

The P3 Group now offers over 300 online courses to help advance your professional career for free.


Click here to visit the P3 Online Learning Center and start learning today!


Do you want access to more Power, Passion & Profit? Click here to visit the P3 LifeLine!

Visit the P3 LifeLine!

Are you looking for Life Coaching for Women? Contact the P3 Group for a P3 Power Session! Click to continue...

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.