It is raining in Germany today. I am at my in-laws out in the country side, and I’ve decided to look at this rainy weather as an opportunity rather than something inhibiting. I finally got around to editing the photos I took last weekend, which we also spent out here in the countryside. Despite the stormy weather, today has been a good day. It’s my niece’s birthday – she turned one! In a typical Schmidt fashion, we celebrated with an impossibly enormous amount of food and excellent company. There’s something about this family, something so warm and welcoming and inviting – you can’t help but feel carefree when in this house. Problems are left at the door. You’re free to love, to be loved, to be happy.
Speaking of being happy, I am only just realizing how relevant this quote is to my life right now. I am in constant pursuit of happiness, to a degree most would describe as obsessive at best. I am a compulsive planner – I have trips and vacations planned that Steven and I may never even actually go on. I’ve secretly (or not so secretly) planned weddings for all of my friends…including the ones who aren’t even engaged. I am always on the hunt for something amazing, some incredible place to visit or thing to do or piece of clothing to wear. I am always searching.
I know I can’t be the only one guilty of this. Raise your hand if you’re constantly on the lookout for things to make your life better, brighter, more exciting. Raise your hand if you’re constantly making lists about ways to improve yourself, because if you could just be that much stronger or that much thinner or that much more interesting, all of your problems would be solved? I’ll tell you – my hand is WAY up high!
Here’s the thing, though. If we put away those lists for just a moment and look around, we might realize the place we’re standing is pretty fabulous, too. It may finally become apparent that, while imperfect, our lives are freaking amazing and we are so lucky to be living them. I’m not saying we should go about our days with a blatant disregard for the future - but when we’re so obsessed with paving the way for the days to come, we may never notice how lovely the landscape is as we work.
So be present, today and every day. Work towards the future, but don’t get so caught up in it you forget to enjoy right now’s tiny moments – because believe me, they sure do fly by.