In real life

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When I was little, I always imagined life as a grown-up would be just right. You know, like in the movies and on tv - the perfect marriage, the perfect family, the perfect house, the perfect job, the perfect life. But do those things even really exist? Really? I sort of doubt it.

In real life, nobody is perfect. People make mistakes, take things the wrong way, feel unappreciated, and at times, unloved. The hardships of life take their toll on everyone, even if in different ways. That's just the way it is. Nobody means for these things to happen, they just do. And that's life.

But it doesn't mean that you can't move on together, be happy, savor the good times, look forward to the future and be grateful for the life you have built together. It is worth it. Yes, it is worth it.
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Kids are kids and they are suppose to act like kids, right? Then why is it SO frustrating when they take an attitude, argue, don't listen or do what they're told (the FIRST time and without a fight!) It's hard to expect anything other than perfection from these gorgeous miracles. That's what they are afterall, miracles.

It never fails though. Just as you reach the end of your proverbial rope and begin to think that you just can't take another single minute of the chaos, they do something sweet. Something to melt your heart and remind you (if only for a minute) just how lucky you are to have them and just how badly you wanted them and simply how they complete you.
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You can tell me over and over that money does not buy happiness, and it's true. There are plenty of rich, yet unhappy people in this world. However, in real life the lack of money can most definitely buy unhappiness in the forms of frustration, fear and unfulfilled wants and needs. I guess the key is to not let it be everything. Don't let it take over the rest of your life. Do what you can and let that be enough. It's all that's in your control afterall.

You know, life is far from the fairytale perfection that I imagined long ago, but in a way it's better. The hardships really do draw us closer together. Yes, there is so much I would change if I could. Yes, I do go to sleep at night hoping that tomorrow will bring some more positive than the day before. But the thing that I wouldn't trade for the world remains.
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