I saw this photo on Instagram not too long ago. The photo hit me somewhere that I needed. I needed to be reminded of what this says.
"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like..."
To me, I thought that by the time I was 30 I was supposed to have a home that we purchased, have a degree and a career that would allow us some more freedoms, etc.
"... & celebrating it for everything that it is."
While I don't have a degree (yet) and we don't own a home (yet), we are generally happy. We have struggles, as do all families, and I hate that we're on one income, but it's what's necessary until the youngest is in school. Daycare is just too expensive and I'd be working to pay that, which is unnecessary in my opinion.
I will be starting school by spring 2016, and I'm super excited. I actually am planning on getting 3 degrees, all AAS in Business, Marketing and Public Relations. I'm going to do just one at a time. But I think those three together would get me a career that I can enjoy for the rest of my life.
Maybe I'm very hopeful? Maybe three degrees is unrealistic to some, but I'm super excited to start this.
So I'm trying to remember that while we aren't where I thought we'd be when I turned 30 (which actually isn't until August 2016), I've got two kids who are amazing. My son is doing really well in school this year, my daughter is speaking more than she was at her two-year checkup. They both are smart and are happy. And while we're living in an apartment (still), we have a plan to save and get a house in 3-5 years.
At least there are plans! So, while life isn't what I thought it would be, I know that those ideals aren't true happiness. We wouldn't be happy if we were in a house we couldn't afford. So waiting 3-5 years and saving, would allow us to have enough money to pay down on a house that we can afford. It also allows for me getting back to work, even if just part time, so that way our income goes up, and we can breathe a little easier.
So, I have to remember to be positive, because we are happy. Happiness is celebrating life for everything that it is.
And it is wonderful.