Have you seen this poster?
It’s been making the rounds on Pinterest, and as soon as I saw it, I right-click-saved that sucker quick as anything, and then printed it out and now it hangs in my cube at work, right above my desk. (A search tells me it’s now available to buy!)
It really doesn’t get any simpler than this, does it?
I spent most of 2010 and 2011 feeling profoundly unhappy, for reasons too myriad to delve into here. There were highlights, for sure! But most of the time, I was so desperate to fix the situation that I was throwing anything at it that I possibly could, hoping something would do the trick. I know: I’ll cook my way through the largest cookbook I own! I’ll start a vegetable garden! I’ll redecorate Milo’s bedroom! The Year of Distraction? Yes, please! Distract me, distract me, distract me.
I didn’t want to believe that the change that I needed the most were the most fundamental details: where I lived and what I was doing. No way.
In retrospect, I feel like I was a stereotypical woman in a loveless marriage. Except that I was head over heels in love with my husband and son. What I wasn’t in love with was my life.
When the real change came, I wasn’t seeking it out. I did not come quietly. It dragged me along with it, kicking and screaming.
Then, when my life was completely flipped on its head, and I no longer had all of the things which I had been so convinced that I wanted, and instead I had what I thought I would never want again, no way…I was happy.
Keep doing whatever you’re doing.