Remember when I committed to posting 3 times a week? Yeeeaahh, about that…
I apologize for another disappearing act. As much as I’d like to say it won’t happen again, I can’t guarantee it. Work occupies 40+ hours per week and my spare time is filled with friends, family, and that boy I mentioned…he came to visit me on Friday and, rather than going out for dinner, we decided to whip up spaghetti and have a movie night at home. Way cheaper and WAY more fun.
Anyways, onto the topic of today’s post:
From the day that we’re born, the concept of constantly “improving” is instilled in us. We’re praised when we grow, excel, and accomplish something new. We’re taught to never stop searching for the next best thing. We have laser vision on the possibilities of tomorrow and refuse to accept what we have today. It’s inescapable. From money to technology to careers to fashion, we’re never content.
Okay, Emily, stop rambling…where is this coming from?
Well, one day last week I decided to go on a long walk. I had just finished working both jobs, the weather was gorgeous, and I was tired of being cooped up inside. So, I walked. I didn’t listen to music, I didn’t look at my phone, I just walked. For being in the middle of a huge city, it was unbelievably peaceful. At one point I stopped, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and thought “I’m content”.
It was a foreign thought, to be honest. I’ve never allowed myself to be ‘content’ before. To me it was considered failing and I know I’m not the only one who has fallen into that trap. It’s time for change.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to stop growing and working towards your goals. Change is an important and exciting part of life and we should never be expected to settle. I’m just telling you that it’s okay to be happy right where you are. In a world that obsesses over the bad things in life, I challenge you to find and embrace the good. I challenge you to breathe, to smile, to love yourself, and to accept the people around you for exactly who they are today…tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.