Part of life now days revolves around reading about other people's perfect lives. It can be celebrities or it can be friends on facebook, but wherever it is, there are always people who seem to have been dealt a very nice hand of cards.
In comparison, my cards look a little on the sad and sorry side. I'm not uploading photos of my dinner or dessert taken at the latest restaurant. I'm not peppering my facebook feed with photos from my lovely overseas destination holiday. I'm not even putting up photos of a local holiday or restaurant because it's been ages since I've been on one of those too!
The funny thing is that I really don't mind. I should be envious of my friends who married doctors and engineers and are living the life of Riley but I'm just not that bothered by it. There are a couple of friends who post impossibly perfect family moments that stick in my craw a little and I must admit to 'unfollowing' them - not 'unfriending' them though because they are still my friends - I just need to time when I look at their perfect lives and families.
What I've found is that I might have less money than some of these people, and my house and car might be smaller, but I am just as happy as they appear to be. I am at an age and stage where my life is pretty stable and straightforward. I know who I am and what is important to me. I know who I love and who I care about and I am happy to be surrounded by those people. I like my new job, I love my husband, I like where I live and I really like having my own time and space with very few demands.
I can't magically have the lifestyle of the rich and famous (or not so famous) but I can have contentment and gratitude for the life I already have. I can enjoy the fact that I'm healthy and (so far) have been spared any major illnesses and injuries. I can be proud of my children and the fact that they have done just as well (if not better than) their peers who had more privileges - not having life handed to them on a plate certainly didn't do them any harm. My husband may not have a high powered job, but he has time for me and time to look after our home - and even better, he has time to cook dinner for me most nights (which I love!)
Life may not have dealt me a full house but I think we have played a fair game so far and the rounds to come should be interesting too. I just hope it doesn't swap to strip poker because this old gal doesn't want to be playing the final hands in her underwear!