Life has peaks and valleys; it ebbs and flows. But most of the time, we are standing in the middle of the road.
But the middle isn’t talked about. It’s not celebrated. We are always pushing for more – to do more, be more. Satisfactory isn’t allowed. We must excel at all times. We aren’t allowed to even be average.
I’m tired, overwhelmed and in a place where I don’t feel like I’m doing that great of a job at anything. It’s not true (or so my husband says), but yet, it’s a feeling that I can’t quite shake.
It’s a season that we all experience, yet somehow, when we are in it, we feel incomplete and at a loss. Why? One can’t be amazing all the time. It’s not humanly possible. Yet we live in a world where we are encouraged and pushed to be the best we can be every day. That would be okay except that society has interpreted that sentiment to mean we have to be ON, ACTIVE, DOING, CREATING every second of every hour.
But guess what? Sometimes our best is just putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes our best is a 2.5 in a 5.0 GPA world. Sometimes just getting out of bed is the best that we can do. AND THAT IS OKAY.
Dictionary.com defines average as “typical; common; ordinary”. Life has defined it as subpar and mediocre and that’s simply not the case. Typical means it happens more often than not. Common reminds me that EVERYONE feels this way sometime. The middle of the road is, indeed, common, but we’re made to feel like it’s not.
I need to give myself a break. WE need to give ourselves a break.
Slow down. Breathe. Be.
I am one person. There is only so much I can do and give at one time. I have limits.
This season – this holiday season- may be the hardest time to be stuck in the middle. We are all running, constantly sprinting from thing to thing. More than ever, it’s the time to stop and give ourselves permission to be IN. THE. MIDDLE.
We rejoice in the huge accomplishments and we reach out to our friends who are in need – but we also need to acknowledge this middle ground. Slowing down is not a weakness. Saying no is always ok. Not giving 110% is perfectly fine.
I’m screaming UNCLE and accepting where I am today. I’m standing in the middle of the road. If you’re feeling that way too, I invite you to join me. I offer coffee and hugs.