By Melissa Hughes - For Weekender

Girl Talk: Finding inspiration to guide you through your life map can be an easy task with these ideas

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Melissa Hughes

In life, we find inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

Sometimes, the world can pick us up and give us some perspective before we even realized that we needed it. This morning as I was driving into work, “Let it Be” by the Beatles came on my radio. Out of nowhere, I found myself overcome with emotion (ironically it wasn’t even PMS week) as the phrase “there will be an answer, let it be” echoed throughout the interior of my car, I thought about my life and it lulled me into a place of peace with the events of my existence and how things have played out up until now.

To say the very least, things have not gone the way I had planned. When I was a young girl making my ideal life path, becoming a 31-year-old unwed mother with five jobs was not it. I never imagined life could be as difficult as it is or that it could present me with as many obstacles as it has. Somehow, against the odds, I made it through. I survived crippling bouts of depression, I survived the loss of loved ones, I survived hardships that are too personal to mention, but I made it. I am here and I am thriving. In life, I can still somehow find a reason to get up and dance. I can still find a reason to smile and move on. I can still find a reason to live.

The lyrics played on, “and when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me, shine on until tomorrow, let it be.”

That has been the swan song of my entire existence. No matter how off course things can get today, you never know what tomorrow holds for you. Some people find this light in their lives through their faith in religion; others find it in the love of the support system around them. Some people, like me, find their inspiration in a song, in a book or in their dreams for a better tomorrow.

No matter how bleak things seem at times, I can always find a light shining in my life from somewhere, even if I have to create that light myself. For those of you battling something hard right now, look for that light in your life, I promise you it is there somewhere.

No matter how hard you try to stay the course on your life map, it isn’t always possible. So we can plan the actions in our life, just not the results of those actions. Things happen. Even Mike Tyson had an insight on this when he said the phrase “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

Has it ever felt like life has punched you in the face? I know it has for me. We can write our plan in pencil but have to come to the realization that life is going to edit it in pen and we need to be flexible enough to bend with the unpredictability of plan B.

So yes, there will be an answer. Life has a plan and we just have to learn to roll with it. I am a firm believer in the saying “everything happens for a reason.” Sometimes it is to teach you a lesson, other times it is to help you grow and then there will be the times meant to keep you grounded or even knock you down so you can figure out how to get back up. Life has a plan for each and every one of us, let it happen. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

Girl Talk began in 2012 as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and has evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa also has a weekly Girl Talk TV segment on PA Live, WBRE, and a radio segment every Wednesday on 98.5 KRZ.

By Melissa Hughes

For Weekender

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Girl Talk began in 2012 as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and has evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa also has a weekly Girl Talk TV segment on PA Live, WBRE, and a radio segment every Wednesday on 98.5 KRZ.