“Sounds like life.”
“Sounds like life.”
School. Graduation. Job searching. Wedding planning. Maid of Honor Duties. Eating right. Working out. Trips to see my fiance. Spending time with family. Spending time with friends. The list goes on, and on, and on. I keep telling myself I don’t have any time to blog or focus on leisurely writing because I have too much going on. “I’ll do it when life slows down,” I say.
But does life ever really slow down?
I recently sent my mom an e-mail with pretty much everything in the above list, but spread out over a week with specific times and events. The closing part of my e-mail was something along the lines of, “I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY BUSY. HOW CAN I HANDLE THIS. IT’S TOO MUCH. THIS IS OVERWHELMING. ETC ETC ETC.”
To which my mother replied, “Sounds like life.”
I gaped at her response in disbelief. No compassion at all? Who else did she know planning a wedding and trying to graduate and moving 3000 miles away all in the course of 2-3 months? I went to reply in defense mode determined to prove to her how bad I had it when I realized something kind of important…
I am loved & blessed enough to be getting married. I’ve worked hard enough to earn a college degree. I have the amazing opportunity to move to the state of Alaska for an unknown amount of time.
Why am I complaining?
Yes, life is chaotic right now but that chaos is incredibly beautiful. I welcomed my second niece this week. Both of my older sisters have had beautiful baby girls in the past four months and I couldn’t be more proud to be their Auntie. I am working hard to complete my senior project and final semester courses so I can become an Alum of the University of Minnesota. I am planning a gorgeous, intimate wedding with my closest family and friends. Not only that, but I am helping my sister plan hers shortly after. I have gotten more involved in my health and fitness than ever before and I’m proud to say this is the best I’ve ever felt. I’m learning how to cook healthy meals & exercise the right way to get the most benefits.
I could wait to write about all of this when life “slows down”. I’m sure once I’m married, moved to Alaska, getting settled in a new home, and starting a full time big-kid job my life will be so “slow”. Ha. I’ll be living in ALASKA. I can only hope to be taking outdoor adventures every single weekend, working my butt off at my new job, cooking up some mean health meals, staying fit, and falling more in love with the man I’m spending the rest of my life with.
“Sounds like life,” my mother says.
Yeah, yeah it does. I think I’ll start penciling in “writing for leisure” into all the rest of that incredibly amazing life stuff.