The bottom line is, life is unpredictable.

We may hope, we may pray, we may plan down to every last little detail and we may daydream for hours on end about how a particular situation is going to play out, but the truth is, at the end of the day, every aspect of every outcome is not something that we can control; not one hundred percent of the time anyway.

Sure, sometimes we get lucky and the outcome truly is picture perfect, exactly the way that we imagined it would be, but then there are the other times. The times when the picture that we had painted for ourselves could not have been further from reality. The times when nothing at all seems to go to plan and all of a sudden, instead of being two steps forward like we first imagined, we find ourselves taking ten steps back.

Sometimes the distance we may have lost in those ten steps is easy for us to regain, so much so, that it was like we never went backwards to begin with. Other times though, those ten steps bring our total up past the hundred mark and as much as we may fight to stay standing, the load suddenly becomes too much for us to bear.

Sometimes there is a perfectly feasible explanation, a logical reason as to why things turned out the way that they did. Other times though, there is no reason at all.

Sometimes the situation may not have mattered all that much and despite the unexpected outcome, we are able to walk away without regret. Other times though, it may have meant the world to us and as much as we may wish otherwise, there won’t be a single thing that anyone can say or do to ease the disappointment and the heartache.

Sometimes the pieces seem to magically put themselves back together, almost in the blink of an eye. Yet other times, the pieces become so jumbled that we can’t quite remember what puzzle we were trying to piece together to begin with.

Sometimes our desire to continue is so strong that almost instantly, we are back standing again. Other times though, we are so shattered that only time can heal our wounds.

Sometimes our head is able to take the lead and do its best to make sense of a crazy situation and other times, our heart takes control; leaving us with an overwhelming wave of emotions that more often than not, we weren’t quite prepared for.

At the end of the day though, which ever way we find ourselves handling those unpredictable aspects of life, one thing is certain; while the reason for the unexpected outcome may never truly make sense, all we can do is try to cope the best that we can with the tools that we have.

All we can do is wake up again tomorrow with just enough courage and just enough faith to stand tall and be willing to try again, whatever the odds.