Some of you need to believe this today. You are struggling to hold it all together. Recent events have you questioning everything. Just when you have a handle on one area of your life, another unravels.
I have heard from so many people lately who are facing internal doubts. New moms are returning to work only to find they barely recognize their organization - let alone where they fit in. Family breadwinners are torn between logging extra hours at the office or carving out time to dedicate to their health. Young people want to pursue a passion but face the reality of paying off student loans.
In our must-have-and-do-everything-right-now culture it can be hard to find a realistic perspective. We want it all - the perfect relationship, job, family, house - and we focus on whatever piece is missing rather than appreciating the parts of our lives (and ourselves) that are "pretty awesome."
Sure - you may no longer fit into your wedding dress, but you have robust friendships, strong social networks, and throw AMAZING dinner parties. No, you can no longer recall every stanza of the major works of 19th century English poets, but your up-to-the-minute expertise on the restaurant scene makes you the go-to resource for any friend looking for the perfect dining destination. No, you have not published (or started writing) the Great American Novel (yet), but your daughter loves the bedtime stories you create for her.
You are not perfect, but parts of you are pretty awesome. And that is more than enough for today.