I know, I know, Happy WHAT? Believe me, I've been there. But Monday is a fresh start, right? A new week, time to refresh those schedules and projects. Time to take a good, hard look at those goals and plans and to reconfigure them to our current reality.
Now, that may sound like a willy-nilly way of handing our plans. They should be set in stone, right? Well, no, not really. I mean, we should have a solid idea of where we want to go. Have our end result set in front of us so that we have that guiding light to keep us on path. The trick, I believe, is to constantly re-evaluate that final goal and the direction that we need to take in order to get there. That's not saying we should flounder back and forth. No, we do need to make commitments to ourselves, prove to ourselves that we're serious about these goals. But the way we able to achieve those goals may change.
Life happens and we need to be flexible enough to realize we may need to tweak a few things as we go along. Sometimes our paths need weeding, potholes need to be filled, thorns need to be removed. Sometimes, we may need to pause at a fork in the road and consider which way we really need to go in order to achieve our preferred end result. It's not easy. It's not quick. And it will get on your nerves, trust me. When you find that balance, however, between fixing your heart to a certain star and learning to sail smoothly when the wind shifts, you'll become a better person for it and you'll achieve your goal in the best way possible. The best way for you.
That's becoming my new mantra: my journey is not like anyone else's.
Take a look at that -
My journey is not like anyone else's.
Yours isn't either. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop looking at people on social media and saying, "Wow. Must be nice to have everything fall into place. Must be nice to have it all given to you. Must be nice...must be nice...must be nice..."
Yeah, I'm sure it is, but I guarantee you that most of those folks didn't have everything handed to them. They probably had to fight for their dreams as well. And even if they didn't, even if they were handed everything, that's not your concern. YOUR journey is YOUR journey. Not theirs. Not mine. There will be people who come along with similar things and get results before you do. You've fought harder, longer, and you're still waiting. Believe me, I know. But if you keep fighting, if you keep working, if you keep moving forward, shifting sails to catch that breeze, YOU WILL GET THERE.
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In other news, this weekend was in the 70's and we took advantage of it! It's been drizzly and grey (which I LOVE) but with the warmth, we were able to head out to the beach for the first time in a few weeks. We still needed jackets and I wouldn't go swimming yet, but it was waaaaay warmer than it was two weeks ago! The water was freezing, but it was so nice to be out in the sea air. The wind blew and the waves picked up, rolling over our feet, turning our toes red with cold. The birds flew against the wind, diving into the grey sea, and fog hung at the horizon making the world feel smaller, cozier, even with the infinite ocean in front of us.
I don't know about you, but, man, I'm ready for summer!
Happy Monday, Dear Reader.
Adjust those sails and GO!