The ‘things happen for a reason’ mantra is beginning to grate.
I am not a fatalist. I do not believe in any gods. Higher beings or predetermined events are not part of my belief system. Things happen because of a billion wonderful crazy sad beautiful coincidences, a chain reaction of decision-making, and the way in which we respond to all of it. Things do not happen to ensure we learn something, but instead we should endeavour to learn from things that happen. The wisdom is in the taking of a combination of happenings and knowing what you can influence and what needs to be accepted.
It is your own journey. Make shit happen.