Remember that scene in You've Got Mail when Meg Ryan's character Kathleen talks about how she questions living a "small life"? She calls it "valuable, but small". She wonders if it's because she likes it or if she simply hasn't been brave.
I love that scene in the movie because I've asked myself that same question before. Society has a way of making us feel that if we are living small then we aren't really living. We are constantly being told that we have to win the race, when some of us just want to take the slow lane.
I'm happy with life in the slow lane ♥
It's not to say that I don't have dreams. I would love to sail on a slow boat to Europe one day. I dream of seeing London and Paris and all the places that I've read about in books. I would love to have tea at Harrods on a rainy day. I dream of what it's like to see the English countryside in the spring with all it's beautiful gardens. I dream of seeing the lights of Paris atop the Eiffel tower and walking the same halls as Marie Antoinette at Versailles. To some these may seem cliché, but they are my dreams and I hold them close to my heart.
I dream about a house on an ocean somewhere and watching the sunrise and set over the horizon.
I dream of the future.
But in real life I'm living my dreams in my (not-so) small life. There is nothing that could ever compare with being a mom to my son. His happiness is my happiness. ♥ Watching him grow from a baby to an eight (almost 9!) year old boy in the blink of an eye is the most amazing thing.
He's smart and funny and every day I feel LUCKY to be his mom!
Having coffee with my hubby and watching TV on the couch. It's small but oh, so nice. Eighteen years later and it's just as cozy as it was on day one. ♥
These are the things that make me happy.
I'm grateful for my family and friends, and my health. I ran into a former neighbor at the store today who made a point to tell me "live your life". She lost her husband at 61 and in hindsight is very grateful for the things they did when they were young. You just never know what the future will hold. I took that as a sign. Be happy with your life the way you like it and do what you love to do.
I'm not saying a small life if good for everyone, just for me. I encourage you all to dream big.
My advice is do what it right for you, not what you think you should do.
I love to read books about history, drink coffee with whip cream, watch old movies, and play Match Game with my family. So that's what I do. ♥
If the slow lane feels right, then by all means please join me in the slow lane.
Life is good ♥
(another gem from You've Got Mail)