Just what I want

I was reading Lizzy House this morning and came across this little morsel to chew on:
Are you living the life that you want? Are you taking steps to make what you want so? Is any of this really as complicated as we make it?
I don't think it has to be complicated, except for maybe deciding the path to choose. Since Good Magazine tweeted a similar question* I've been thinking lately about how incredible my life is. I love making things without the pressure of income. Sometimes I wish I had more time to garden (or to garden more, or to learn more about gardening or to learn to be a better gardener...you get the point) or cook. Sometimes I wish our house was organized and spotless, or we had fancy furniture and more refined taste. Sometimes I even wish I had blond hair. Often I wish I had more endurance to run, a better understanding of CSS and the ability to wow people with dazzling conversational skills.

But really, when it boils down to it, I'm surrounded by amazing people. I have a decent job with health benefits, and though it's not the most exciting job in the world it is a good job with good people. I have an amazing family (not just limited to, but certainly including C + M), and I have the time and the means to do my hobbies. I have found many things that I love, things that enhance my life and all of these things--the people, the animals, the activities--keep me on a path of contentedness.

There are amazing times and terrible times, but as long as the majority of the time is somewhere in between, well, my life is just what I want it to be.

*from @good Q: If income didn't matter, what job would you pursue?


Tracey said...

Beautiful post, mama. Simplicity, stability, creativity, family. Yup!!

Tracey said...

Beautiful post, mama. Simplicity, creativity, stability, family, love. Yup!!

ashley said...

Sweet pic of little M and the gerber. She looks pretty content, herself!

I would add the caveat that it’s here in America (or maybe the Western world, more generally) that it isn’t so complicated to decide on a path and pursue the life that we want to live. A lot of people around the world aren’t so … blessed? … privileged? … spoiled? We have a whole lot to be grateful for!

Misti said...

In my dream world (far from my dream world 10 years ago) I'd be able to spend half the year hiking/photographing and the other half stable somewhere growing things and enjoying family and friends.

Of course, I'm not there yet!