I know a lot of things. But not everything. And often, not as much as I’d like to think I do.
I know that sometimes I think I have it all together, and other times I don’t know how I’ll survive the next five minutes. Sometimes I alternate between these two extremes in the same day (or hour).
What’s amazing and baffling to me is that the older and wiser people in life always seem to have the answers. They not only see the light at the end of every dark tunnel, they also have a map, flashlight and snacks to guide you along the way.
I’ve felt an overwhelming amount of stress the past few weeks, and while it’s all related to (hopefully) good things, it’s been hard. I don’t think I’ve been myself, and I haven’t had time to do much of the ‘life’ things in my work-life balance.
Tonight I called my Dad and spoke, on the verge of tears, for seven minutes straight before taking a breath and allowing him to impart wisdom on my troubles. As per usual, he had a solution for everything and a healthy dose of perspective. He pointed out that the challenges I’m experiencing are things I’m going through for the first time, and reminded me of previous things I never thought I’d get through, yet somehow have already forgotten.
He reminded me to trust people until they give you a reason not to, and not to let my own insecurities (aka, the “emotional girl thing”) cloud my judgment. He said that not all things are going to be fair, but more often than not, working hard and doing the right thing is all you need to succeed.
I’m very lucky to have parents I can call any time who – quite simply – always know what to say. I can’t wait to be able to have these same conversations with my future children.
Most days are good, but some are not so good, and others are full of uncomfortable learning experiences. But in the end, life always goes on and finds a way of balancing out even the most troublesome times.