Get A Life!!! This was a insult regularly thrown around in my teen years. If someone would have said this to me back then, or even a few years ago, I would have taken offense. It would have hurt me and felt like a low blow. Why because I did not feel like I had “a life”.
For most of my life I have felt like I was waiting for my life to start. I have always been a planner and had high expectations for myself and for life. I kind of had this checklist in my head of the things that I wanted out of life. I needed to work and accomplish these things and then my life as I imagined and wanted it to be would start.
News Flash! This is your life and it started the day you were born. This is the internal dialog I recently had with myself. Life does not start once you accomplish X, Y, and Z. Life is going on all around us and it is our job to make it fulfilling and joyful every step of the way. While figuring out what you want. While setting goals. While accomplishing goals. While failing and succeeding at those goals.
I really don’t know where I got this idea that I had to wait until I had achieved certain things to really enjoy myself. Perhaps it was the idea that after hardship and delayed gratification came happily ever after. I am happy that in writing this blog over the last 5 years I have seen the error in that way of thinking. I have a life now. I work. I blog. I bowl. I read. I have friends. I have family. I have faith. I have completed some of my major life goals. I have others to look forward to along the way. My happily ever after has begun. I Got A Life.
Are you living your life or do you need to Get A Life? Are you putting happiness on hold until you accomplish X, Y, and Z? Has your happily ever after begun?