"We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned to have the life that is waiting for us." - EM Forester. It's a commonly passed around quote and one that was on the label of my Honest Tea bottle. But just because it's popular doesn't mean it doesn't have merit. It's quite the truism!
For me it applies to relationships, letting go of my preconceived notions of relationships and letting in the ones that I truly connect with. i.e. I don't need to marry Rachael McAdams, though I am still not opposed to the idea should the situation present itself.
For work, I never had any notion of a planned life. I have no memory of ever thinking life would turn out a certain way. Aside from believing I would be a firefighter at age 5 (and an astronaut since then) I have always raged against certain normalities. My dad would have longggg talks with me about financial responsibility, retirement, family, etc. I always pushed back. I am really grateful for those talks. Dad was expressing nothing but love and trying to help me have the best life possible.
Luckily I had an inkling of an idea that I needed to pursue other avenues. Now, I get to be a nexus for amazing artists and produce fun items that people really connect with. It's an amazing ride.
That's another thing, don't forget that life is a ride... hold on tight cause it will be over before you know it. And don't forget to scream, have that sinking feeling in your stomach, hold the person next to you, feel the rush... you get the idea.