Most days for me are good ones. I don't have a lot of drama, I am blessed in almost all aspects of my life, and I really don't have a reason to complain. But regardless of how blessed I am, it's easy to fall into the trap of living each day as if they were just "blah".
I find that even when nothing bad has happened in my day, I often get annoyed, depressed, or bored if nothing life-changing happens. But seriously guys, I don't have to have a mind-blowing, jaw-dropping day of events to enjoy life. So it begs the question: why do I live life like I do need that to be happy?
As cliche' as it may be, it really is the simple things in life that keep me going! When I look at the things that matter most to me, it's mostly things like relaxing with my family as we talk and watch television, or going out to dinner with my hubby. Those are the things that make me happy. I don't need flashy adventures to enjoy myself. And I have all ideas that if you look hard enough, you'll find the same thing to be true in your own life.
A Simple, Happy DayA few weeks ago, I decided that I wasn't going to wait around any longer to ride a bike again. I love riding, but I don't have anyone in my life that likes to ride (other than my dad who lives 3 hours away). I don't like riding bikes by myself- it's just not as fun. But I was sick of waiting around, hoping to find someone who loves to ride.
So I got my stuff together, headed to the park, and I went for my first ride in several years.
I'm not gonna lie- my butt hurt after about one minute ;)
But it felt so good to be on a bike, and to get some exercise without more walking. I only did 2.5 miles, which is nothing really, but I am so out of shape that that was it for me. Plus, I was going to South Carolina for the day so I couldn't stay long anyway.
Farm TimeI'm not a farm girl. Grass makes me itch, I hate poop, and I squeal if a bug flies at me. But I love going to my mom's farm and spending time with her, seeing her work with her animals, and petting the ones that are friendly enough to pet ;)
I love spending time with Blaze- the cutest farm-puppy ever- and petting the gross, fat, pot-bellied pigs. The female pig just had babies on Wednesday actually, and I am so excited to meet them (and hold them, and squeeze them, and love them <3 )
We didn't do anything exciting, really. We just hung around the house and ate lunch together. Then I headed home and watched Netflix with Taylor until I was too tired to stay awake any longer.
Why Am I Telling You About a Random Day?It doesn't make a difference in your life that my mom's pig had babies, or that I finally got to ride a bike again. It won't help you in your troubles or bring you real joy. But there's more to this post than just boring you with the details of my day. Pinky promise! ;)
No. The point is this: My simple day should be an encouragement to you that everyday, "boring" or not, can be a huge blessing.
I didn't do anything record-breaking, and I didn't "accomplish" anything that day, but I enjoyed it, I treasure it, and it meant a lot to me. Why? Because family time is important. Because doing things that you enjoy- even when you do them by yourself- is a luxury that not everyone has. There are children in other countries who don't really ever get to experience childhood. They have to be adults as soon as they can walk and talk. But we not only get to experience growing up in a relatively safe environment, but we also get to pursue our passions, our hobbies, and time with those we love, even as adults.
So look around at your "blah" day. Is it really "blah", or are you missing out on the little moments that could actually bring you joy if you'd let them?
Take stock of each day. Let them be a blessing, even in the plain, mundane, lack-luster days. Chances are, they aren't nearly as "lack-luster" as you've believed them to be.
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