This morning I went for a walk through my neighborhood with my coffee, per usual. Still dark outside at 5:30AM, the world was asleep- but I was full of thoughts.
I thought about everything I am grateful for- one of the other ways I start each day. Then, something hit me: I’m grateful for balance.
A lot has changed in my life this past year. It’s taken me a good fourteen months to get acclimated to my Massachusetts life, and after a year of trials and tribulations (and a lot of life lessons), I finally feel settled.
I joked with my friend Brenda last week that I’m becoming more like her. A type-A Capricorn like me (minus my firey Sagittarius side), she writes all of her commitments on her calendar, fills her time with hobbies and passions, works two jobs she loves, and is constantly engaging in self-development. She’s introduced me to authors such as Brené Brown and Danielle LaPorte, filled me in on her experience with her coach, brought me to yoga, and inspired me to live a healthier life. She believed in me when I wasn’t sure what I believed in- and I am forever grateful for this.
It’s true, everything comes into your life at exactly the right time. Brenda came into mine my first week in Boston when I responded to her Craigslist ad for a roommate. The very first apartment I went to see, I knew from the moment she opened the door it would be a welcoming, cozy home. Never did I imagine I would learn so much from her, Clarissa the cat, and the other roommates who lived with us for those six months.
Although I’ve moved on to my own little studio on the second floor of a Medford home, I will always hold The Nest in Arlington close to my heart. Brenda helped teach me balance, love, and following your passion. When I moved last July, I left my orchid with her- I knew she would take care of it and help it blossom again, just like she did with me. I was pleased to see it did bloom indeed- and looked better than ever.
That’s how I feel, too.
I realized how important balance is. My life typically used to be terribly lop-sided- I would put all of my energy into one area, be it work, relationships, or my writing. Nothing worked when I lived that way. Today, I have a little bit of everything- a full time job, comedy school, my blog, the other websites I write for, my friends, supportive family, and most importantly- piece of mind.
Life will never be perfect, but if you nurture your own passions and projects, they will grow- just like the orchid. Even when you’re down, it’s possible to come back to life- so as spring approaches (though it seems like it never will on the east coast), remember that you have the opportunity to blossom again, too.