BUMPS AND HUMPS
Have you noticed that life throws all sorts of challenges our way? We expect to have an easy ride, but those of us who have been around the block a few of times, know that there will be bumps along the way. Sometimes there are potholes the size of swimming pools, speed humps and "Men At Work" signs.
The trick is to navigate through them. Slow down if you have to, back up a bit if need be, but continue to push on through. We build resilience and fortitude if we push through adversity. Leaving our cars parked in the garage safely doesn't open our world or extend our boundaries. It keeps us secure but life is so boring if you never venture out of that little safe haven of the garage.
IT'S NOT ALWAYS THE PLEASANT WAY
Everybody wants the smooth (slightly downward curving) path in life. We all want to wind down our windows, turn up the radio and feel the wind in our hair as we drive along without a care in the world. Wouldn't it be lovely if life was like that all the time? I suspect it is for a lucky few, but for the rest of us there are no guarantees about what we'll meet along the road of life.
I am so grateful that I've been spared any really awful disasters in life so far. It can happen so easily - you set out without a care in the world and BANG the doctor tells you that your cough is lung cancer, or your husband confesses to an affair, or your child goes off the rails, or a grandbaby is born with a life threatening condition. There are so many huge car wrecks just waiting to happen aren't there?
WIND DOWN YOUR WINDOW
Perhaps we should be more grateful about the crashes we avoid, rather than worrying about the occasional pothole that throws us a little bit off course for a while. Maybe it's time to look around us at the scenery that is passing by each day and wind our windows down and take a deep breath. Maybe you'll breathe in a little bit of pollution - well that's what you get for choosing to live in the city. Maybe you'll get a whiff of cow manure - well that's part of country life isn't it? Or maybe, just maybe, you'll feel the sun on your face and some of that ozone will refresh your weary soul.
RIDING OUT THE ROUGH PATCHES
We don't get to choose all the ups and downs we encounter. Some of them are consequences of the choices we make, and some are just random events. Whatever causes them, when we weather the storms of life we emerge stronger from those trials, we develop character from adversity and we can choose to appreciate that the tough times help make us the strong and resilient women we are today.
I'm proud of my battle scars, I'm proud that I've come through some minor and major hiccups along life's road and I don't want to gloss over that. Let's appreciate the hurdles as they come along and learn from them and be proud of the person they've made us into, rather than complaining about the detours and the rough patches. Often it's the tricky parts of life (and the road) that make living so interesting.