Wow just wow. 😲 As the self proclaimed Queen of Fomo, a perfectionist, a never sitting still for too long kind of person, an always striving to live my best life Oprah follower, an always trying to check things off my family bucket list kind of mom, this article really resonated with me. 😳😍 I guess with age comes wisdom and I’m definitely learning new things every day. 🙌🏾 How fitting that this is my 100th post right around my 1 year mark. Boy have I learned a lot this year. 🤓I’ve learned a lot about accomplishments and disappointments, about friends, friendships, new ones and old ones, about the importance of good health, about human nature both good and bad, about the sad and disappointing state of our country, how important it is to make sure your family always comes first, how to teach your kids to rely on their siblings because they will be their best friends for life, how to make decisions based on what’s best for yourself not out of fear for what the masses do and so on…😐
Only an infinitesimal amount of people can really achieve true greatness in life. 😯I hate 😤the feeling of being pulled in a million directions, being a mom to 4, a wife, a daughter, a sister, (insert every family connection), a great friend, a driver, a play date organizer, a cheerleader, a playgroup coordinator, a community activist, a volunteer, a class mom etc…it’s exhausting. Yes some of it is self inflicted injury😔 and some is just the intense place where we live and the nature of our country in 2017. But this article reaffirms what I’ve been finally realizing. I can’t do it all without going crazy.😜 And I don’t have to. It’s really liberating to come to terms with just being ok and not the best. Hope you find some comfort in the authors words as well…😘😍
“What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?”
By KRISTA O’REILLY DAVI-DIGUI
What if I all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between? Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?
The world is such a noisy place. Loud, haranguing voices lecturing me to hustle, to improve, build, strive, yearn, acquire, compete, and grasp for more. For bigger and better. Sacrifice sleep for productivity. Strive for excellence. Go big or go home. Have a huge impact in the world. Make your life count.
But what if I just don’t have it in me. What if all the striving for excellence leaves me sad, worn out, depleted? Drained of joy. Am I simply not enough?
What if I never really amount to anything when I grow up—beyond mom and sister and wife? But these people in my primary circle of impact know they are loved and I would choose them again, given the choice. Can this be enough?
What if I never build an orphanage in Africa but send bags of groceries to people here and there and support a couple of kids through sponsorship? What if I just offer the small gifts I have to the world and let that be enough?
What if I don’t want to write a cookbook or build a six figure business or speak before thousands? But I write because I have something to say and I invest in a small community of women I care about and encourage them to love and care for themselves well. Because bigger isn’t always better and the individual matters. She is enough.
What if I just accept this mediocre body of mine that is neither big nor small? Just in between. And I embrace that I have no desire to work for rock hard abs or 18% body fat. And I make peace with it and decide that when I lie on my deathbed I will never regret having just been me. Take me or leave me.
What if I am a mediocre home manager who rarely dusts and mostly maintains order and makes real food but sometimes buys pizza and who is horrified at moments by the utter mess in some areas of her home? Who loves to menu plan and budget but then breaks her own rules and pushes back against rigidity. Who doesn’t care about decorating and fancy things. Whose home is humble but safe.
What if I am not cut out for the frantic pace of this society and cannot even begin to keep up? And see so many others with what appears to be boundless energy and stamina but know that I need tons of solitude and calm, an abundance of rest, and swaths of unscheduled time in order to be healthy. Body, spirit, soul healthy. Am I enough?
What if I am too religious for some and not spiritual enough for others? Non-evangelistic. Not bold enough. Yet willing to share in quiet ways, in genuine relationship, my deeply rooted faith. And my doubts and insecurities.
This will have to be enough.
And if I have been married 21 years and love my husband more today than yesterday but have never had a fairy tale romance and break the “experts” marriage rules about doing a ton of activities together and having a bunch in common. And we don’t. And we like time apart and time together. Is our marriage good enough?
What if I am a mom who delights in her kids but needs time for herself and sometimes just wants to be first and doesn’t like to play but who hugs and affirms and supports her kids in their passions? A mediocre mom who can never live up to her own expectations of good enough, let alone yours.
What if I embrace my limitations and stop railing against them? Make peace with who I am and what I need and honor your right to do the same. Accept that all I want is a small, slow, simple life. A mediocre life. A beautiful, quiet, gentle life.
I think it is enough.
*Note — This article was originally published at A Life in Progress.