“Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married, or own a house as if life was some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks you if you are happy” – Heath Ledger
I came across this quote today and gave a “yeah buddy” to the late Heath Ledger.
He’s absolutely right. The movies, society, our grandparents all want us to do things in some “right” order as we were told to do.
Plenty of people who have checked those boxes uncheck them and then check them again. Some check a few and leave others unchecked. Some are desperate to check them, but it’s not happening for them.
Regardless, life isn’t a score card. You don’t get to yell bingo and collect your prize basket. You don’t win happiness for checking anything off the list. Plenty of people check their boxes and wake up the next day absolutely miserable, wishing they could get out from under this giant mortgage and away from these whiney children.
Many of us don’t even slow down long enough to ask ourselves if we even want to check those boxes.
On this Pride Day, I think it’s important to give a high-five to everyone out there being themselves or taking baby steps toward living their best life.
At the very least, slow down for a minute and ask yourself what you want to be doing.
Me? Thanks for asking. I am happy. I thought long and hard about my checklist. I want to:
- Go to my storage unit to get my turquoise chair, so I can set it up at home.
- Finish reading a book.
- Use the new Aveda lotion I got this morning.
- Have a glass of white wine.
- Make fajitas for dinner with Nick.
What’ve you got?
I’m a journalist, content strategist, doting auntie, amateur bobsledder, fitness enthusiast, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.