Recently, I became involved with yet another online time consumer.
I have found family members and its so nice to connect with them in this way. I’ve been having a blast searching and finding so many! Also, I have found so many friends from my past. I have learned things I didn’t know. One of my long ago friends had passed away and I was shocked to learn of this.
I have looked at friends’ photos and at first glance all I see is their perfect lives.
The life I wanted but didn’t get.
The life I had planned.
The large happy family – all the smiling faces. The grandkids all gathered around the happy grandparents.
So I have to stop and ask myself, “What is a perfect life?”
The answer I come up with is “The life I’m living”. This is MY perfect life. May not be the one I planned but its the one I got and the one I’m most comfortable in. It’s the one I really wouldn’t trade a million bucks for.
Is there anyone who would look at my life and say “gosh I wish my life had turned out like hers?” Probably not. I have times in my life I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But I have had golden moments that defined the course of my life in the most amazing and miraculous ways. I have beautiful miracles in my life that make me gasp each time I think of them or sense their presence or feel their hugs.
And who’s to know what sadness and tragedy lies behind the smiles and laughter of other’s lives? Life rarely goes as planned. We become masters at managing curve balls thrown at us from all angles. We become masters at living lives we never planned. No matter what life has turned out to be for us, we’ve become stronger just from the living of it.
If life had gone the way I planned, I would have missed so many wonderful times – missed meeting so many wonderful people. People who have filled my life with so much love and joy. Life really is absolutely amazing.
I have so much love in my small family. And tenderness that brings tears to my eyes. Even each ordinary day is so full of love from those around me.
I love my perfect life. I am thankful you have yours. And that we can all cherish these moments together.