When I was growing up, I had a definite image in my head of what my adult life would be like. Over the years, reality has clouded that image a bit. The white picket fence was erased years and years ago… along with the tropical vacations and a huge tree in the backyard that sprouted an endless amount of money for my personal use!
And, I am definitely a victim of The Grass Is Always Greener syndrome. I tend to romanticize other people’s lives and imagine that everyone has it better than I do, in one way or another… even if I know that isn’t really the case. I spend a lot of time thinking that I’m missing out on something great, even though I can’t pinpoint what, exactly, I’m missing.
I’m slowly but surely coming to the realization that maybe nothing is missing from my life. (Real “aha!” moment there!!)
I guess it’s human nature to always want more… a bigger house, a newer car, a fancier camera, a flatter television screen, a longer vacation, a faster computer, a happier savings account, etc. And it’s very hard sometimes not to compare what we have with what everyone else has.
But, every now and then, I have a moment when I realize that I have just about everything I need and want. Always striving for more can be absolutely exhausting. And is it really energy well spent?? When I stop and think about it, I’m actually quite content with my life… with the very little that I do have. And, for some reason, that thought is kind of startling… in a good way.
This might not be the life I always imagined I’d have… and it probably isn’t a life that many people envy… but it is the life I’ve created for myself. And, this morning, I’m proud of and happy with this cute, little life of mine!