Four. That’s the number of phone calls I made yesterday while grocery shopping. (NOTE: I said shopping, not checking out. I am not that rude.) I admit, this isn’t an ideal way to do either one, but my schedule calls for multitasking on a whole new level.
During one of these phone calls, the person on the other end of the line divulged they were living in a constant state of flux and they would be glad when things were normal. I laughed out loud as I shared I had come to accept the state of flux as my new norm.
I remember a time when life seemed a bit more manageable. Even with 4 young children at home, things were simple. Our sphere of activity was limited to roughly a 10 mile radius. There was home, church, the library, the occasional trip to Chik-fil-a & not much else.
Yes, there were 10 loads of laundry to do each week, trips to the grocery store, Dr.’s appointments and so on. But, I was in control of what that schedule looked like. Everything revolved around our home. And as hectic as things could be, there was always the salvation of nap time! I possessed a misguided notion that things would always be this way.
I knew my children would become more active as they got older and our sphere would grow. But the path my life has taken was drastically unexpected. Here’s the short story: Steve and I decided to leave the predictable life behind, quit his steady employment, go to graduate school and start a non-profit. In the process we have moved 3 times.
I thought I had an adventurous spirit – I relish going new places. But truthfully, I only love new experiences when I choose them. It’s completely different when they are thrust upon me. Then I tend to get whiny and indulge in a pity-party. I’d like to say that I have embraced each of the changes that have come my way with open-minded acceptance. I’d also like to say that I run 3 miles a day and can do 50 push ups. All three would be a lie.
So, what’s the point? I’m not sure. But I do know I have learned a few things along the way.
So, I’m a slow learner, but I have come to accept that the craziness that I call my life is in some way normal. I traded the predictable for the unexpected and, all in all, I don’t regret it one bit. The blessings, opportunities, expanded faith and experiences that have come with it are invaluable.