Webster defines Life as several things including but not limited to the following; the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual; the period from birth to death; and my personal favorite; a way or manner of living.
So Life as we know it, aka OUR way or manner of living is this.
Bruises. Dirty toes. Dirty shoes. Cowboy boots. High top Nike’s. Work boots. Along with running non stop. Finding the little moments to give each child the love they are so deserving of. Trying to keep up with texts, emails, and people that we hold near and dear to our heart.
What our Life is not is this – it is not anybody else’s to judge. It is not anybody else’s life to decipher or even understand how we do it, or TRY to do it. It is not anybody else’s manner of living. It is ours. And these precious faces right here answer the why.
Often in Life things get lost, twisted, discredited, and even frowned upon. As if there is a golden book on how each of us should be living + surviving. At the same breath, things get gratitude, respected, loved, and admired. The world isn’t all ugly. The world actually has SO MUCH beauty to offer, and after a hectic week of being on a personal struggle bus, wondering if my choices + decisions are the right ones – I chose to start my week with this. A reminder to myself and anyone else who may be struggling with where they are supposed to be or maybe even how they are supposed to live their life. There really is no book. There is also no person who is going to tell you how to handle each situation you are currently living through. Each day brings a new set of stairs, some are so large I can feel the physical pain just by looking up the staircase. While other’s inspire me to race up the steps as fast as I can. What I have learned in the past year is to not worry about that staircase. I have learned to look at my two feet. Where are they standing? How will I make it to the next step, not the top of the staircase. Who will help me do the heavy lifting? Who is holding me back from climbing? Who is at the top chanting + cheering me on? It really is interesting how it took me 37 years to figure this out. It seems silly to some while others can probably relate. It’s far from a poor me. It’s not even an apology for the million and two mistakes I know I have made. It’s Life. It’s MY LIFE. I will live my life how I feel fit. My decisions are based on what I feel in my heart and soul. My kids will be raised by what I believe they need to know to survive in such a cruel + some days ugly world. My passion in this life isn’t just one thing and I refuse to stop and only focus on one area. My passion is my work. My kids. My family + friends. My passion is helping others see the truth and find the beauty. My passion is watching people enjoy themselves even it is only for a brief moment. For the very first time in 37 years I can say with a tear in my eye, MY PASSION IS BEING ME. Extreme as that may sound to some – I can only hope + pray that EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. At some point sooner than later, can say the same.
It truly is worth living. It is worth finding your passion and pushing through the thick of it. It’s worth being YOU and letting yourself bloom, even if the season doesn’t seem right. Life doesn’t go on forever so what if we all focused on the two feet in front of us instead of the entire staircase? What if we focused on creating compassion, love, honesty, and not only finding our own passion but passing it on to others who may be in need? Seems to me the way Webster defines Life is pretty accurate.
And so, because I am the biggest quote junkie you will probably ever meet – I will leave you one of my personal faves. . .
“Don’t settle for nice, for pleasant, for familiar. Keep looking until you find something that really moves you, that resonates with your core. And I mean this for people, for interests, for hobbies, for your possessions, clothes, music, books, art. Everything. Curate every aspect of your life, as much as you can. It’s in the things that deeply inspire us that we find ourselves. Surround yourself with truth, and you’ll have built yourself a heaven.”
Apr 19, 2022