Are we There Yet?

161110_katemitchell-novemberjewelry_060_03772Zachary Zirlin Photography

Family road trips as a kid were plagued by this question. It seems we couldn’t go more than 10 minutes without someone nagging. Nowadays I’ve got a handy GPS, but “are we there yets” are still all too familiar.

These childhood road trip worries have shifted to an every day mentality. I spend every waking moment fighting, pushing and striving to “arrive.” My destination? Always changing, and that’s frustrating too.

The holidays are a precarious time, because despite all the good, sometimes bad finds a way to weasel in. It’s arrives right after Christmas dinner, or the moment the dust settles after present unwrapping. In the moments we’re meant to be most happy, why am I finding sadness?

Maybe it’s because expectation can never seem to meet reality. I look back on this last year and am mostly happy with the life I’ve built. But if I’m being honest, I’m not thinking much about where I am. I’m much more focused on the mountains ahead of me.

I want to be smarter, kinder, thinner and closer to where I’m going. I’m killing myself to push out productivity, and am scared to death to let life slip by. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed my mind blanks and I want to throw something across the room. But never fear, after a quick cup of coffee I’m off again, clawing my way through tasks that will never be finished.

Life was not meant to look like this.

Breathe. You are more than a set of to do lists. You can’t keep tacking on more aspirations to a shaky foundation, or count time passing by. Maybe one of life’s greatest achievements is finding time to enjoy being exactly where you are.

No matter how you feel about 2016, it brought you here. There’s no need to wonder when you will arrive, because today, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. Join me as I refocus my heart on this journey, because only in that can we truly find our way.

“We’re almost there, but nowhere near it. All that matters is we’re going.”
-Gilmore Girls


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