Unless you have a very special guardian angel or live a charmed life, curve balls are going to come your way. They have the potential to derail your goals, upset your life balance and generally foul things up for you. But if you have the strength to tackle them you can gain, big time. It's a case of knowing how to deal when you can't dodge.
One key way of how to deal with unexpected change in your life is to simply accept your new circumstances and avoid trying to completely ignore that a drastic event has taken place. The longer you are in denial about a big life change, the longer it is going to take for you to become accustomed to the new reality. Acceptance and agreement are two completely separate things; just because you don’t like the change that has occurred, it doesn’t mean that you should completely ignore its existence.