Apr 7, 2013 General Blogging
Posted by Allison
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
- Fun, “Carry On”
Despite starting this post with some lyric from a Fun song, I actually want to begin by talking about an awesome Amanda Palmer song called “In My Mind.” In the song, she laments that she thought she would be in a different place in her life by now. She talks about how she thought she’d be more disciplined, never getting hang-overs or losing her wallet. She images being thinner and a better defensive driver. She thinks about the future and how she’ll live a simpler life where she takes time to smell the roses, not like now when she’s so busy.
She thinks about how she’s not the person she wants to be. And then, she realizes that she’s doesn’t really want to be the person she thought she wanted to be…because if she truly did want to be that person, she would be that person. She is exactly the person she wants to be, despite that being different from her initial vision of perfection.
I want to save more money…but I want to go on vacation more.
I want to lose ten pounds…but I want that piece of cake more.
I want to grow my blog…but I want to spend my free time with my family more.
Here’s the kicker, though: it’s okay to realize that your goals can be trumped by other stuff, as long as you’re moving forward in your life. It’s okay to love yourself even if you’re not perfection.
Goals change over the course of your life, and that’s okay, because it’s not important to reach goals that aren’t what you really want, even though you may have previously wanted said goal. This is where the Fun song comes in. What is important is that the “past is the sound of your feet upon the ground.” If you want to see changes in your life, you have to get out there and make those changes happen.
Always be moving forward, despite not achieving your previous idea of perfection. You are exactly the person you want to be. The work you put into life dictates what you get out of life.