It’s crazy to think how fast 8 years can go by, it’s even crazier to think how much has happened during what feels like such a short time. One day I was waking up alone, the next day I woke up with someone by my side and the next day we have two little boys waking us up at the crack of dawn.

The family and I are visiting Malaysia this week, my wife and I came here for our honeymoon 8 years ago and today we are walking the same streets and visiting the same places with our kids. It all feels like surreal.

I would never have predicted my life turning out this way even though I would spend hours envisioning what I wanted my life to be like. Who I was going to marry, where we were going to live, how many kids we were going to have, I had it all mapped out.

But I soon learned that life had other plans. I got hurt several times because I would set my heart on the people and things I believed would make me happy instead of opening my heart to the people and things that wanted to make me happy. Anything that didn’t fit into my plans wouldn’t get a chance.

Then one day a woman came into my life, a woman that didn’t fit my plans, a woman that didn’t seem to have much in common with me, and neither me with her. We tried to walk away but we saw something in each other, it wasn’t love at first sight or passion. I think it was a belief that we could make each other’s life beautiful, so we took a chance.

The chance we took on each other created the lives we have today, it’s not perfect, but to us it’s beautiful. This journey has taught us that planning is good but not to the point hat it stops you from taking chances, sure you might get it wrong sometimes, but at the same time you might create moments that will change your life forever.

So here we are 8 years on, one chance has created 4 people who stand side by side with love for each other, walking the world and taking adventures. It’s been a journey we never planned, but a journey we can’t imagine being any other way.