And what is success, anyway?
I am developing a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. Ok, mostly it is love, but just this week it started to get me down. It’s all the success being advertised.
- How to be a successful blogger
- How to make zillions of dollars in your second week online
- How to raise incredible human beings
- How to look amazing while you raise incredible human beings
- How to make your home look amazing while you raise incredible human beings
Well, what if I am aiming for middle of the road? What if I am aiming for distinctly average?
Not Pinterest worthy
Our home is busy and the hob never seems to be clean at the same time as the stairs, or the bathroom, or the floor under the table. I have grand plans for organizing my paperwork, but in all likelihood I’ll muddle along paying the bills just about on time and keeping a toe ahead of the game. My cooking could definitely use more pizazz and my meal planning goes really well for about 8 days and then I fall off the wagon and we have Dominos.
And it’s true, this blog will probably plod along while I aim for one post per week. It’s true that I may never have a Twitter or an Instagram account. I’m not actually aiming for a full time job – I have one of those already.
And I don’t want to drag my beautiful, adorable, exquisite children into this, but they did not potty train in 3 hours or sleep through the night by the end of their first week. Because they, too, are human.
It’s ok to be average, right?
My point is, I am a normal person, with distinctly normal levels of achievement in lots of areas of my life. And I don’t want to feel down about myself because of that!
For example, my piano playing will never be what it was when I spent hours as a teenager playing the piano because…I don’t spend hours playing the piano. I spend hours caring for small children – and that is ok. That is, in fact, good.
I am only one person. with a certain number of God-given hours in a day (or night). I know this because I have fought and raged against the reality, and I am learning to accept it. When I spend my time doing something, I do not spend that time doing any number of other things. That is just how it works when you are a finite, temporal human being. That is truly ok.
Don’t get me wrong: I love studying, I love learning new skills, I love getting involved, I love creating something. I love getting better at things. But I want to re-think what it looks like to be successful in my very normal, average life. I don’t want to be trapped by a Pinterest kind of successful.
Right, thanks for listening 🙂 I’m off to eat some more peanut m&ms and watch Netflix.
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