If you asked me what I am doing, I would tell you I am sitting here being angry. Angry at the laws and rules and regulations that society, culture, religion make for us. How they shape and mold and condition our mind. Predict our future and what to expect, then throw us into the winds of this world, barely able to fly, and watch in disdain when we crash and burn.
No one told me reality has no mold, no law, no regulation, no limit, and no regard for my conditioning. Rather, it threw life into my face; whether I was ready or not. I was completely caught off guard, trying to juggle all the curve balls while maintaining a balancing act upside down, on one arm, with the audience of the whole world watching pitifully as I struggle. And that is a modest picture. But, the show must go on. So what do we do? Who can give us the answer? Or even a clue? What is life? How do I live it without screwing it up even further?
What I have come to realize is that Life is not something anyone can prepare for. Life is a gift. Yet unfortunately, we receive this gift with bias, skewed perspectives, dread, misconception, etc. etc. We blow through our twenties searching for meaning and purpose; while committing the most sins possible, and running on mercy and grace, repenting every Sunday morning. We near our thirties, anxious about the fact that we have not figured life out yet, only to realize; life doesn’t turn out the way we have expected! Life did not turn out the way it was supposed to be, the way we were told! And with tear streaked faces, we slowly come to terms with the realization that we may never receive what’s “expected”. Whatever that is, anyway. We may never figure life out. We may never please culture or religion. Society is always changing its fickle mind. Life is meant for living. In the here. In the now. Day by day. One step after another. This is life. It should be championed. Cherished. Lived! This is what I wish I was told when I reached my 20’s.
As the day proceeds and the minutes march on, my last moments of 27 drip away as if I’m watching an hourglass. Sigh.. the things that life teaches. Things I wish I knew when I was younger, mistakes that could have been avoided. Sins that could’ve not been committed. Woes and worries, stress and anxiety. Your car speaker going out on your already failing car. Putting it up for sale praying it’ll go for a decent price. stretching every last dollar, yet indulging in that yummy cafe latte that you simply cannot resist. Fighting back tears as emotions get the best of you when you realize you’ve sold yourself short. And fierce determination building up, reclaiming your strength, demanding you get back up again and keep moving. Sucking up the pain, worry, and realizing these are the daily battles we face in life. Understanding finally the exclamation “putting my big girl panties on and dealing with it”. Life. It’s chaotic, it’s messy, it’s confusing, frustrating, rewarding, blissful, wonderful, adventurous, excruciating at times, full of trials, but the greatest teacher to all the lessons we have yet to learn. Day by day, year by year. Marching on like an everlasting army. Moving, and moving, and moving. On and on and on. Life. It has been beautiful. Thank you God for another year of this roller coaster ride where the highs are high, and the lows can be painstakingly low. It’s a beautiful life. and I am thankful for each day.
Productivity: the cure to a yearning soul.
I have discovered that one of the greatest motivators is staying productive. I never understood the concept of setting goals and making progress to achieve them. I always thought goals were something adults did to gain wealth or other out of worldly accomplishments. I suppose I never attempted goal setting simply because I thought it was beyond me. But I have discovered that goals are milestones, set by you, solely for you. What do you want to do, what do you love to do? What is your passion, calling, something you want to learn? Whatever it is, write it down, chase it, try it, and if you love it, keep it as as precious jewel and lay it in your treasure chest; setting room aside for more.