Do you ever feel like you can’t possibly get it all done? You can’t be everywhere, do everything, help everyone. You’re stretched in 14 million directions with work, family, friends, relationships, fitness, hobbies and more. How can you possibly fit it all in a day, a week, a month? Where’s the balance?
As much as I love listening to music, lately I’ve been using my 45 minute commute to sit silently and just think. I so rarely slow down once I’m up in the morning until my head hits the pillow at night. Actually, scratch that – I’m still working, thinking, planning, SOMETHING – even when I’m laying there trying to fall asleep. And I need a break.
Balance is such a tricky thing. The word itself looks unbalanced to me – the “L” as the middle of the seesaw with too many letter leaning to the right. The “ance” represents all the things I’m giving attention to at any given moment, and they’re important of course – but what about the “ba”? How can I be a good friend, daughter, employee AND girlfriend? How can I make it to allergy shot appointments AND boot camp classes? How do I find time for blogging AND photography AND event planning? So often we choose OR over AND – there simply isn’t enough time in the day for everything. But here’s the catch: I need to learn how to be okay with that.
Perhaps the secret isn’t finding the perfect balance, but instead, learning to be happy and satisfied with the imperfect one. Realizing we might not be able to do everything, but instead give everything we have to the tasks we ARE able to tackle. Allowing ourselves grace rather than perfection, patience instead of frustration and calm over chaos.
I’m working on this – I know it will be hard for my Type A brain to process but I think it’s time to learn to stop sweating the small stuff before summer begins and I’m actually sweating ; ) Do you guys struggle with this too? How do you give yourselves grace under pressure?
Oh, and ps. If you read the first four lines of this post and started singing Katy Perry, we are spirit animals. Carry on. <3