“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”–Winston Churchill
You can sit and beat yourself up over what you do not have. You can feel sorry for yourself and waste your time wishing that you had what someone else has. You could listen to the cruel words, the words of pity, the words of scorn, and feel the cold of the shoulders that have turned away. You could feel less than because of the money you do not have, or the successes your children have yet to see. You could compare your patchwork quilt of a life to the neat and ordered rows of other works of art.
But why? Why would you?
Life is a tousled mess of words and actions. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes chaotic and sometimes beautifully chaotic. Life is the sum total of the days you breathed without effort, and the days you willed yourself to take another breath.
This is life.
This is not some quest for perfection. This is not practice. This is the moment you have the highest highs and lowest lows in one day and manage to keep going–to have your heart broken by a friend, a lover, a child, or all three, and decide to love despite the pain. Life is not for wimps…it is wonderful, and cruel, amazingly vibrant, and colorfully cold.
It is all this and more.
And how dare you think for a minute that your journey does not matter because it isn’t like someone else’s. Your journey is yours. Ignore the pity and the looks of shame, and the should haves and would haves. Look back and see that all of those stepping stones, colored in the lines of your life.
Never feel bad, or let anyone make you feel bad about where you are or were or whatever. Just because someone’s path was a little bit more adequate, or normal ( whatever that is) doesn’t take away from your personal journey.
My journey to here may have been jacked up, and at this age I may not be where I thought I should be at one time, or living a life that others would be satisfied with, or approve of, but every high and low of life has taught me, and has taught you as well, the most important lesson–how to keep going, no matter who approves.
However, one thing you will always possess with a colorful life, are stories and unique experiences to last the rest of your days.
For that I am thankful, and I hope you are as well because you’ve made it this far.
Keep going friends, keep going.
Image credits: Pixabay and Trina Noelle