I am a super planner. I love to make goals, check things off my to-do lists, and make plans for the future. Heck, I even plan out my meals and workouts day by day every single week! I believe it’s a good quality to have and I know that I am really organized and save time and money by doing these things. As a planner and a worrier, I feel much better when I map things out in advance.
I recently saw this floating around the internet and it really struck a cord with me:
I am often waiting anxiously for the next phase of life to begin.Waiting to finish school, waiting to get married, waiting to have kids, waiting to buy a house, etc. The truth is, it’s impossible to know exactly what’s going to happen and exactly when something is going to happen. The unknowns really scare me, they make me nervous, and yes, they keep me up at night sometimes. But guess what? I have a really great life. I’m married to my best friend in the whole world and I get to share life with him.
I don’t know when exactly we will have kids, I don’t know where exactly we will be and where we will go, and I am starting to feel okay with that. It can be really hard for me to block out what other people are doing or saying and I often put way too much pressure on myself.
I’m going to challenge myself to revel in each day; take-out dinners with Daniel, a long hot shower with no interruptions, going to bed early or staying up late on my own accord, when my niece smiles at me and gives me a kiss. I will enjoy life’s small but amazing moments and not anxiously wait on the sidelines for “XYZ” to happen. I’ll make my best effort to be happy for other people without comparing myself to them and their situations.
I’m scared. This is not an easy task for me. But guess what? We have this one life to live so I’m going to enjoy it. I’m going to breathe deep and jump out of my comfort zone; and I challenge any other planners and worriers out there to do the same! After I blocked out other people’s expectations for my life I’ve realized one really awesome thing: I am content!
Content. Happy. Blessed. Loved. Perhaps you might feel the same if you took time to reflect on your own life without hearing everyone else. I encourage you to block out the noise from everyone else and reflect quietly on your own. You might be surprised.
How do you stay content? Are you a planner? How do you deal with the unknowns of life?
Tell me in the comments below!