Monday, February 17, 2014

The Ideal

Nobody's life is ideal.

Sometimes I forget that.  Especially when I see a beautiful mom with her perfect children getting into her spotless BMW so she can have a healthy dinner with her successful husband.  Do you know these people too?  Do you wonder how they get it all together?  I do.  For about thirty seconds.  And then I realize that they don't have it all together.  Nobody does.  Because nobody's life is ideal.

As much as I post on this blog and on facebook about my gorgeous children, my husband, my career, my family, and my life in general, it should be noted that not a single person in the entire world has an ideal life, including, and especially, me.

Sometimes I get comments from people who say they aspire to be like me, to live the life I live, to have a career and a family in the same way I do, or just ask in awe, "How do you do it all?"  I can't help but look at them like they are crazy and snort through my nose with disbelief.  The fact is that I don't do it all.  I don't have a perfect life.  My career isn't perfect.  And, of course, everyone knows my kids are far from perfect!  All you have to do is look at Evie's hair, or George's underwear, or Luke's school binder, to see that we are flawed.  We are journeying through this life just like everyone else.  There are struggles and trials and joys and successes, and sometimes more of one than the other.  And through it all, I try - note: I said "try" - to wear a smile everyday even when things aren't all roses and rainbows.  I won't deny that my life certainly has some wonderful aspects, but it's not perfect and it never will be.  Nobody's will be.  Despite that, I'm thrilled to be living this life (thorns and all), and I'm so glad you are a part of it!

1 comment:

Angie said...

Thanks for this. I needed to hear this today because I'm really struggling with wondering why I can't be perfect, as if all of my friends are.