Bumpy Roads

I think one of the things that I’ve come to realize is that life is always going to be a crazy roller coaster. Now, I love roller coasters. But it makes me a bit nuts when life feels that way. That constant “I’ve got this…no I don’t”. I use to let it drive me nuts and get upset. But I’ve really learned, for the most part, to just stay calm and go with it. I had always seen quotes telling me to dance in the rain, don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t wait for things to be calm to feel calm, etc.

surfing

I always appreciated it and wished it were something I could do – stay calm, dance in the rain, not stress it. But when things came up, I always seemed to end up stressed and upset. I knew it was a change I wanted to make but just couldn’t seem to make any progress doing it.

I wish I could say that I figured out how to change it – but I don’t know what changed. I do know that somehow I did manage to learn it. Maybe it was simply me changing my mind. Maybe it was age and wisdom. But suddenly, life was throwing me curve balls and I felt like Neo dodging bullets in The Matrix.

Neo

I was able to take the situation, stay calm and move forward. I found that by staying calm, things didn’t get better faster. Bad things didn’t stop happening. There were still bumps in the road. And in the end, they always worked out. The main difference was – I wasn’t stressed the whole time. I was calm and happy. Wow, was it way better. The problems weren’t any better – I was better. And I won’t say I’m never stressed or upset. That would be amazing. But, for the most part, I’ve learned the secret to staying calm amidst the storm. And it’s a great place to be. So, my friends, I can honestly say that for me, with age comes wisdom.

 

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