A Quote and a Question

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“We are making it up as we go along – and this is crucial to remember, because it will feel like that, and that’s perfectly normal.” Jennifer Louden

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Do you have the nagging feeling that it shouldn’t feel that way? Do you feel like everyone else feels solid and you’re the only one on a rolling wave?

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17 thoughts on “A Quote and a Question

  1. renee @ FIMBY says:

    Do I ever! But I’ve come to accept this up & down (the rolling wave) as our normal. Our waves roll with the seasons (the literal rotation of the earth around the sun) and learning to go with this has been very freeing.

  2. Saille says:

    Yes! I have the feeling you get when you know you’re either going to ride the wave, or it’s going to roll right over you, so you’d better keep paddling. Life lately is all about momentum.

  3. nicolaknits says:

    I am always saying that. People used to ask me how long I’d be homeschooling the boys….I’d say I didn’t know, I’m just taking it one year at a time. Actually, I take life one WEEK at a time as a rule. I prefer not to plan too far ahead and make it up as I go!

  4. skywind8 says:

    Trying to juggle a full time job, two sick cats, and a chronically ill spouse has put me on a multi-year roller coaster. Sometimes I’m envious of those who don’t have those kinds of extra responsibilities. But my single life was pretty lonely too. I feel guilty sometimes for ‘stealing’ away a few minutes just to be alone and do nothing, but it’s so essential for keeping myself stable in the chaos. And I persist in attempting to enforce order on my world, or at least efficiency, with mixed success. It worked for the kitchen. It’s less useful for other people’s schedules. 🙂

    I tend to assume that the reason it looks like everyone else is so well put together is that it’s a strong cultural value to -look- like I’ve got my life together, and everyone’s working hard at the same mask. Can you handle inviting over a friend while you have a messy house, or do you scurry around fixing it for 20 minutes ahead of time? Dare to be messy?

    I wish I could convince my friends who are parents, that REALLY, it’s okay that your children’s toys are all over the room. I used to play with toys once, too, when I was a kid! It’s okay.

  5. Amy says:

    Yes… I know the feeling. Very much so. The path is constantly appearing only as you live it, I guess. I love this photo. The light behind it… is magical.

  6. Lee-Anne says:

    Absolutely!

    I can feel so discouraged about how far I am from where I would like to be, and where I hoped I would be. But someone once told me that when you feel like you are letting yourself down, treat yourself as you would a beloved little sister. Be kind. Be gentle. Know that you are good and whole and strong and doing your very best. It really helps.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    This is one thing I’ve come to realize years ago–that no one is ever ‘always’ on steady ground. We have all always learned to put our best face forward-to not let others see the chaos behind us. So if we are doing it, so are all the others! With that-I’ve learned to always enjoy the highs, and that the lows won’t last forever.

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