Just Living

joy-girlI’ve been working in my new journal and thinking about what I will put on my vision board, but this process is more difficult than I expected.  (Geez, how many times have I said that?)  In my teens, 20s, and 30s I had goals, plans, and visions.  In my teens I worked toward getting into college in order to prepare for a career.  In my 20s I worked on finding my way in that career.  In my 30s I worked toward specific levels I wanted to achieve in that career.  Having achieved those goals, in my 40s and early 50s I volunteered in an area I’m passionate about.  Now, I’m ready to move on to the next phase, but I’m also heartily enjoying right where I am.

I read a book recently where one of the characters, a famous author and illustrator, is asked when she will produce her next book.  She replies that for now she just wants to live.  I understand completely!  I’m enjoying my life.  I have always enjoyed my life, but I’m beginning to feel very settled right now and I like that.  However, I don’t want to become stagnant and “old” so I also desire change, adventure, challenge.

As I work through this process I’m reticent to mix-up my happy life, but I’m also excited about what prospects might be out there.  Can there be a balance between just living and taking on the world?

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