The older I get, the more I realize that everything changes! I know that this doesn’t sound like anything new or mind-blowing, but it becomes more and more apparent to me each and every day. I realize that over my lifetime, even though things change, I have become used to MY status quo, but at the same time I become more acutely aware of the fact that I have probably lived longer than I have left, and I am not trying to be doom and gloom, just aware. If things rock on for a time and appear to be going about the same, you know, the same routine day in and day out with very little difference between them, I think on some level that this is how it’s going to be. I get comfortable. You know, get up, go to work, take my child to school, work, run errands, clean house, pay bills, cook/eat dinner, help with homework, play, maybe do something after work, get stuff ready for tomorrow, go to bed and get up and do it all over again. You don’t think that one day you will wake up and, boom, this is the day you are never going to see this person again or that person again. You don’t think to yourself, today my life will change in some way and never be the same as I am used to seeing it day in and day out. You don’t think about the fact that this person could die or that person could leave or that friend will no longer be a part of your life for whatever reason. We just don’t think that way, at least I didn’t.
We live in a space where we think things are going to remain the same a lot of the times or if there is change, it will be little enough that I can deal with it without being too uncomfortable, and even with that awareness I still forget that. I forget. I get comfortable for a minute and relax my guard and think it’s going to be smooth for a bit and live in the concept of “daily life”. I can breathe. Then, bam!!! wrong! Something else happens. I am coming to expect changes and I don’t always like it. Don’t get me wrong. I like when cool stuff happens, but I like things to stay the same, that comfortable spot an old friend of mine used to call “the Hummmm”. She used to say that if your life is less up and down like a roller coaster, less drama and trauma that we create for ourselves or that happens to us; that we just kind of move along okay, that we are living in the Hummmmm. No drama. I thought to myself back then almost 30 years ago, I will never live in the Hummmmmm. I want to, but I don’t think that is possible. And it’s not really, but depending on how I look at my day-to-day life and live it, I can live in the Hummmmm to some degree a lot of the time. It depends on my perspective. I just have to be prepared for the ups and downs even if I am not creating them. My perspective and how I deal with them makes all the difference in the world. But you know what? I get tired of trying to keep my perspective on point all the time….at least sometimes!
The fact is that people change. People die. People leave. People grow and morph every day in one way or another even if it’s not in a healthy way. And if these people are in my life, it’s going to affect me one way or another as well. Not everyone is going to be my friend til death. Not every partner will stick around til death. Not every job will last til retirement. Children grow up and move out. Nothing is for sure except death and change. If someone had told me ten years ago that my life would be like it is today, I couldn’t have imagined it, and I have an absolutely wonderful life. I am so grateful for it!!! But why is it so hard to understand that and keep it in my awareness so that when shit changes I won’t be so surprised or blown away by it? I don’t know, but it sucks! I guess that’s why some monastic groups meditate on death and the decay of the body so that when it happens, it won’t be so horrible, maybe. I don’t know, but I digress.
What I have come to realize as well is that it’s about balance and acceptance. I am not always going to be happy about changes in my life especially if they make me feel sad or abandoned or if I didn’t choose them. I am not always going to have a good, centered perspective. I am not always going to be Zen about my day-to-day life, and that’s okay. I am a growing, changing human with real feelings. I can be sad and mad and happy and afraid. I can CHANGE. I can change my mind. I can change course. I can make a new decision. I can do something different. I can be creative. I can make a new plan. I can have highs and lows. I can do anything I put my mind to…this I am sure of! The key is balance and acceptance. When my perspective is out of whack, it’s okay for a little bit. As long as I am aware on some level that all things are going to change no matter how I live my life. I can move along through it even though it will be uncomfortable because I know that this or that feeling won’t stay this way forever. I can have balance about things and try to look at things as experiences that enrich my life and make me who I am. It doesn’t mean I won’t be sad or mad or that I won’t make decisions that change my whole course or that I won’t make mistakes. It’s all part of my path. It is the path. I am not “getting” somewhere. Here is where I am. This is it! I just need to be authentic, real, honest, and as balanced as I can be with as good a perspective as I can have and accept that I have choices about how I do it each and every day!
This is just me, and I am okay with it! Peace and love, Everyone!