I’m joining up with the #FridayFive again today. It’s been a while! As I’ve pondered the writing prompt for this week I’ve struggled to come up with 5 things I wish I’d known. Why? Because I’m realistic enough to know that I’m hard headed enough that I probably wouldn’t have listened even if someone told me.
I’m a planner. I’ve grown over the years and am much better at random and “well, here we go” moments but I, for the most part, haven’t been known to fly freely without some friction. And still, no one who was telling the truth would ever call me spontaneous. I’m also a “just in case” kind of person. I’m usually prepared or over prepared for any situation or circumstance. I spend hours running through every potential scenario and having supplies or a plan for each. Perhaps this is a control freak issue (I like to think of it as a quality of the well-balanced nurturer – let me enjoy my delusion, please.) but there’s just not much that catches me off guard. I usually always have a Ziploc or a Band-Aid or dental floss or an umbrella or a tissue or hand lotion… you know, all of those things that when you need them, you really need them. Call me a pack rat but know that I’ll gladly share my umbrella with you on a rainy day or let you borrow my microwave when we go camping.
I’m not a fan of surprises. Most planners aren’t. But there are a few things in life that have surprised me. Some good and some bad. In the spirit of participation and getting some words out, here are 5 positive things I wish I’d known, that wouldn’t really have changed the path because I’m a bit stubborn, but might have helped me breathe a little easier along the way.
I wish I’d known how wonderful it is to be a parent of adult children.
I wouldn’t have worried so much when it was time for them to step away.
I wish I’d known that it’s okay to relax.
I would have laughed more.
I wish I’d known that living life in the daily can be quite an adventure.
I would have slowed down.
I wish I’d known how strong I actually was.
I wouldn’t have been so afraid of pain.
I wish I’d known that comfort was way more important than cute.
I would have worn better shoes.
Now that I’ve written this and ponder these five things, they remind me how much living I’ve missed out on. I wish I wasn’t such a slow learner sometimes. These things really aren’t anything anyone could have told me that would have changed anything. I mean they could have, and some probably tried, but most of the time we can only soak in so much at one time and we really can’t grasp certain concepts until we’re ready for them. And depending on our where the needle falls on the stubborn meter, some of us take more time. Sort of like reading a scripture that you’ve read a thousand times and suddenly we walk right into it like we’re seeing the color green for the first time.
Moral of this story: Experience life. Learn from it. Grow from it. Live it.
What do you wish you had known? Would it have made a difference if someone had told you?
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