I use to think that by controlling every aspect of my life that everything would be perfect and I could have everything how I wanted it. After going through a series of negative events where my life got flipped inside out, I became a control freak thinking that if I could control my life completely then nothing bad would ever happen to me again. However, what I learned is that no matter how hard I made sure I was in control of every moment of my day, nothing would ever go exactly how I always planned. I became more anxious trying to control everyone and everything, rather than calm. Trying to control every situation in life, does not allow your life to be how it is intended. Life is made up of experiences both good and bad that allow us to learn things about ourselves, find what truly makes us happy, and what is meaningful to us. Going with the flow of life, allows you to experience life as it was intended for you rather than how you think it should be. As a reformed control freak, I can say that I am the happiest I have ever been. By learning that it's okay if you aren't sure how things are going to turn out, I found peace. Some of the best things that have ever happened to me were the moments that happened to me and I never expected would. Life is a journey, not a timeline or a map that is meant to be followed. Stop following all the directions you have in your mind, and just let the journey unfold instead.