I just watched the Netflix trailer for “Atypical” where a teenage boy with autism says to his father, “It’s easy for everybody but me.” His father replies, “It’s hard for everybody. You just don’t give up.”
I left work feeling overwhelmed today. I’m training for a 10K, have writing workshop deadlines, lots of work stuff to wrap up before the weekend and I can’t seem to find enough hours in the day to do it all. I want to do it all. AND I want to do it all with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.
But that’s not life.
Sometimes I’m going to have to skip my run—even if my training schedule has me set to run 2.5 miles that evening. I’m going to snap at my boyfriend who didn’t deserve it and then I’m going to apologize and we’ll move on. I’m going to struggle to feel like I’m accomplishing everything I want but then I’m going to be okay with where I’m at, knowing something’s gotta give and I’m doing the best I can.
I’m realizing, being someone who strives to see the positive and be filled with joy, that living life—truly experiencing life—is not just about obtaining as many happy moments as humanly possible in one day.
LIVING is simply about BEING HUMAN everyday.
And being human means missing deadlines, saying something you wish you could take back, and not checking everything off your to-do list for the day.
So on my ever evolving quest to grow as a person, my lesson today is to remember that life isn’t just about reaching for the good moments, or you lose. It’s about embracing all of the moments, and you learn.