We’ve all heard that expression before. When we want to take that super cool trip, or stay out a little bit longer, or buy that really expense piece of tech…...but we don’t.
Because life gets in the way. Other responsibilities, priorities, duties, obligations….all the boring stuff calls out to us. And because we want to be good, decent, upstanding people we listen and comply.
A pretty grim picture, huh?
But maybe life isn’t getting in the way. Maybe it’s just THE way. It’s life - neither good or bad in and of itself, but rather the result of what we make of it. The culmination of our actions is a big ingredient of life yes, but also it’s the sum of our principles and values.
Is flying to the caribbean, listening to the last band’s curtain call, and filming it all on your iPhone X fun? You bet it is. Does it make for a good life? Maybe...less so if the sacrifice to do so means it negatively impacts those who rely on the boring stuff - kids, spouses, etc.
My point is, don’t worry if it feels like your life isn’t living up to those captured in your instagram and twitter feeds. The exciting, fun stuff is easy to capture...that’s why it’s on social media. The boring, real….and meaningful stuff is hard, and not much glory in it. But the joy can be found in showing up and gutting through it then realizing something was made better because of it.
Hey, grab the fun when and where you can and enjoy it. But that’s not your whole life, and if we can tweak our definition of joy just a bit, there’s a whole lot more of it to be found.