If you would have asked me 5 or 10 years ago, I’m prrrrreeettty sure I wouldn’t have told you that. In fact, I know exactly what I imagined. When I was in a project management meeting about 5 years back, our project partner asked us where we wanted to be in 5/10 years. On our way to becoming a Deloitte partner, owning our own biz, etc. When it came to me I told him that I wanted to have a family and be a Mom. He kind of laughed and thought I was joking, but I was totally serious. That was my dream and that’s what I’ve wanted for… ever!
Up until the past 2 years I always looked at what I hadn’t achieved yet as failures. I was approaching my 30’s and still had a lot to achieve in my work and personal life.
Getting sick and having to go out on disability put A LOT in perspective. Sure, I loved the ‘glamorous’ aspects of my career. The ridiculously expensive bottles of wine at Team dinners, the last-minute trips to Las Vegas, racking up hotel points to go pretty much where ever I wanted to go. I was putting my efforts into short-term pleasures, taking care of myself on the outside NOT necessarily on the inside.
Good, bad, positive, negative, easy, hard.
If we’re always concentrating on something that we don’t have, will we ever be happy with what we do have?
So for instance, when I graduated college I didn’t move back into my parents house. I had a new-found sense of freedom and was ready to fly on my own. Never in a million years would I think that as I approached 30 I’d be back at my parents house. For a while I wasn’t happy about it – ask my Mom, I think I hurt her feelings by always making comments about how I was living there.
But I’ve realized, I’ve come SO far. Sure, I’m living with my whole family, but so what? They’ve been the BEST support system I could ever ask for. My Mom and Dad have helped me do things when I was physically incapable of doing them. Being around my Sister and Brother more has strengthened our relationships.
How COULD I NOT think this was a positive situation?
I see so many people comment in support groups and on forums dwelling on where they thought they’d be or what they used to do. Sometimes a change of perspective can make all the difference!
When you start getting upset, start to look at how far you’ve come along in your journey! Some days it may seem like you’re barely up the mountain, but don’t give up.
Never give up!
God/The Universe/etc only gives us what we can handle!
Here’s a great article by Tiny Buddha on 8 Ways To Love How Far You’ve Come.
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!