Sometimes we just want things to be

clear and simple.

nice and easy.

smooth and breezy.

 

But then we meet life.  And what life throws at us.

 

And all of a sudden what seemed so clear becomes blurred, misty and vague.

And all of a sudden what seemed so simple becomes complex, complicated and confusing.

And all of a sudden what worked so smoothly, doesn’t seem to work anymore.

 

And that’s when we start to think that

somehow we must have done something wrong.

somehow we must have missed something somewhere.

somehow we must have failed.

 

We try to get back to how things were yesterday.

Pretend that everything still works the way it did.

That everything is still smooth and breezy.

 

But we can not shake off that nasty feeling of discomfort.

That nagging sense that something’s off.

That persistent itch of uneasiness.

 

And so finally we give in.

 

Finally we allow ourselves to visit that dreaded no man’s land of

questions without answers.

pages without words.

streets with no name.

 

That place where the question lives but the answer has not been seen yet.

 

That place where we feel lost.

Uncomfortable.

Uncertain.

Unclear.

 

But the thing is that we need to go through that somewhere-in-between.

We need to challenge our assumptions and beliefs, play with new ones, try them on and see how they work.

We need to step out and do things even when we’re not 100% sure of what the outcome will be.

We need to explore and investigate what our thing is.  And what isn’t.

 

That’s when we’ll bump into to them.

The answer to the question.

The words for the page.

The name for the street.

 

That’s when we’ll run into them.

Those moments where we wow ourselves.

Those ideas that make us giddy with excitement.

That inspiration that makes our energy soar.

 

And then, things settle down,

clear and simple.

nice and easy.

smooth and breezy.

 

But then we meet life.  And what life throws at us.

 

And all of a sudden what seemed so clear becomes blurred, misty and vague.

And all of a sudden what seemed so simple becomes complex, complicated and confusing.

And all of a sudden what worked so smoothly, doesn’t seem to work anymore.

 

And that’s exactly how

we grow.

we learn.

we change.

 

That’s exactly how we live.

 

That exactly is life.

 

Photo from here.

12 Responses to That’s life. (The blurry. And the moments we wow ourselves.)

  1. Blaze says:

    Exactly….life in all of it’s carnations. Love, live, and laugh. Bravo An!

  2. Yup. This actually reminds me of a thought that I want to articulate more fully at some point, that the things we think should be hard can actually be quite easy, and the things we expect to be easy are the things that we really need to work at.

    • An says:

      Oooh, ‘the things we expect to be easy are the things that we really need to work at’ sounds really intriguing – can’t wait to read your thoughts about that!

  3. I just love the way you write An. I’ve been in the place where I feel lost the past week or so. It is so difficult to allow it, but I am finally. Thanks for these words of encouragement. :)

  4. Lenny says:

    If I have “to place myself”; I’m still in the beginning of your text…
    Not yet in the second part, but .. working on it!!
    I’m doing my best!! :-) not always easy though!!

  5. Debra Smouse says:

    Beautiful. Life ebbs and flows and believing that we should always be “flowing” holds us back. Bravo, An!

  6. Dana Boyle says:

    Beautiful, An. I’m right at the precipice of this. Beautiful.

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