Life is good when you take the time to enjoy it.
I suppose it’s natural to get out of high school, want to rush through college, get a job, get married, get a house, and have children (or stay single and travel and focus on thriving in your career and eventually get married or find a long-term squeeze). Then once you have children and a home, life spirals forward, rushing at you like a tornado blowing through you.
There’s the house to clean, laundry to do, lawn to mow, SUVs to maintain, and your career and your children to tend to. Your kids need to be read to, played with, and taken to school and lessons.
And you don’t just have a room to clean anymore, it’s a whole house. Laundry isn’t just yours, it’s for the whole bunch. A full meal must be cooked, a quick salad or half a bagel isn’t enough anymore. There’s no quaint little townhouse patio to sweep, but a whole damn yard to maintain. Your children don’t just want T-ball and soccer, but also swimming and piano.
To-do lists go on and on, and contentment only lasts so long, because once you have it or achieve it — whatever it is — you want something else.
Our minds need constant stimulation. We like to seek and achieve. Once we achieve, we’re thrilled. But soon, we become bored and seek a new challenge.
It’s a cycle: Goal. Seek. Achieve. Happiness. Discontent. Goal . . .
And my Buddy says, “That’s okay.” But don’t forget to enjoy the moments along the way.