If I were an only child, I'd have my education paid for.
If I were smart, I'd be going to school somewhere prestigious.
If I were living in a bigger home, I'd have friends over for dinner parties all the time.
If I were famous, I'd have a cooking show with my sisters called "Six Sisters in the Kitchen".
If I were rich, I'd buy all my clothes at Anthropologie and locally owned boutiques and I'd fix the bumper on my car.
If I were tall, I wouldn't need to wear heels.
If I were old, I'd have lots of happy grandkids.
If I were patient, I'd have already threaded my sewing machine I got for Christmas.
If I were more diligent, I'd have a really great full-time job.
If I were still in high school, I'd already know what I was going to wear to the prom.
If I were married, I'd have a cute, personalized home full of love.
If I were good at being frugal, I'd have a lot more money in my savings account.
If I were done with school forever, I'd move back to Seattle.
I'm not an only child, so my schooling is a little more difficult to fund.
And I'm not THAT smart, so I'm going to NAU - which is still somewhat prestigious, but it's no Harvard.
And I'm not living in a bigger home, so the occasional Sunday Potluck is as close as we get to dinner parties.
And I'm not famous, so I just pretend like I'm hosting a cooking show in my kitchen as I make my dinner.
And I'm not rich, so most of the clothes I have are still from high school (lucky they still fit!).
And I'm not tall, so I own a lot of high heels.
And I'm not old, so instead of having grandkids, I play with the kids at the preschool I work at.
And I'm not very patient, so my sewing machine is still sitting by the bookshelf... threadless.
And I'm not very diligent, so I still just have a part-time job that I love, but don't make enough $ doing.
And I'm not in high school anymore, so I will not buy that dress I really want, but have no reason, nor means, to buy.
And I'm not married, so I have a mostly-cute, semi-personalized little apartment that I share with 4 other great girls.
And I'm not good at being frugal, so my savings account is pathetic.
And I'm not done with school yet, so I'm still here.
And that's all a-okay with me. For now. Because that's the way it's supposed to be.
Who cares if I'm not an only child, smart, living in a bigger home, famous, rich, tall, old, patient, diligent, still in high school, married, frugal, or done with school? I'm happy, nonetheless.
I have learned that the point is being happy with what you have RIGHT NOW. Not what you WISH you had, USED to have, or what you see SOMEONE else have. That will get you nowhere.
All that matters is that you:
- Don't worry about the things you can't control
- Work on improving your best qualities
- Work at obtaining good qualities you would like to have
- Stop focusing on "finding happiness"...
And just be happy RIGHT NOW!
Forget about all the IF's. Seriously.
That's all. Hopefully this will help you sleep better at night.