Take it easy…

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Do you know that song? The Eagles, Take it Easy.

There is one line, “Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy”

Hits me EVERY time I hear it. I tend to teeter on the fine line of thinking / taking action and just thinking about things till they are so much heavier than they have to be.

Have you ever done that?

It’s like I always want there to be meaning in everything that I do, everything that happens in my life: to me, to those I love, to people I don’t know and to the world. If I could just figure out why, I could justify things and have the peace I so crave.

I’ve learned though that justifying is just like perception. 

Just because you can justify things doesn’t make them right or wrong and your perception is your reality not right or wrong.

We all crave peace.

We create our own definition of peace by justifying our decisions and perceiving the world how we need to in order to “keep things running smooth” which is in no way the definition of a life worth living. I’m pretty sure the best things in life don’t run smooth:  love, growth, family, connecting to your passion, making changes for the better…

There are so many things in my life that I’d love to make black and white but the truth is they aren’t and life isn’t meant to be black and white.

Life is meant to be full and vibrant.

Life is meant to be meaningful and worthwhile.

Life is full of attempts and effort.

Life is not meant to be easy, effortless or straightforward.

I’m lucky that I’m having a day that I understand that last one.

Life is not meant to be easy, effortless or straightforward. 

Some days, I get upset at who I am, how I see things and the effort I’ve given to become who I am.  Some days, I worry that I’ve struggled for so long that I don’t know how to thrive when my back is not against the wall. Some days, I let too much time pass between my decisions and action.

Other days, I am proud of who I am, grateful for how I see things and the effort I’ve had to give to become who I am. Other days, I am thankful for the struggle as I know it’s all part of my life story. Other days, I take the baby steps that I need to take to “fix” things that aren’t broken but are actually full of vibrant colors that I never noticed before.

I’m not claiming to be an expert but I do have experience and believe that a lot of us are making life way more difficult that it really needs to be. We are white knuckling our own stories and shutting out all those things and people that may make it messy but for what? To keep things running smooth?

As I sit here right now, I know that running smooth and checking off the “right” boxes in life won’t be what makes my heart happy when I take my last breath.

All we have is today.

You’re meant for more, aren’t you?

 

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