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Dreaming, Doing, And Just Being Happy.

May 20, 2013


Erin Schrader

It feels good to be back.

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately. Concerts, birthday parties, mowing (twice in 24 hours), dinner with friends, re-siding our lake cottage..it’s just been a lot. All good stuff, but a lot none the less. The weather has been perfection. The kind of perfection that allows for two hour naps on Saturday afternoons with the windows open and bedroom fan on full blast. That nap may have been one of the better moments of my life. 

Amidst all of these happenings, there has been much thought and some chatter about the direction of life I want to go, think I should go, things I want to accomplish, etc. You know, typical midlife crisis stuff. 
Do you ever just find yourself saying “Really? This is what I am doing with the one life I have been given?” 
I struggle when I feel like I am not living out my passions 24/7. I am a dreamer, not so much a realist. I don’t understand why I don’t live on a tropical island. I don’t understand why I sit behind a computer the majority of my days and evenings. I have a hard time knowing that there are things I want to accomplish but yet I am not doing anything about it. 

Today as I was out on our paddle boat all alone surrounded by nothing but water and 8 swans, new thoughts washed over me. I don’t need to live somewhere glamorous to be happy, this place is pretty dang beautiful if I just stop and look around. I can make a significant impact doing whatever it is I am doing, as long as I am doing it with a servants heart. And I can certainly, certainly make some of my dreams a reality if I actually spend the time and energy to do so. I am over the whole “if this..than that” type of thinking. Isn’t life meant to be enjoyed, no matter what? Not only if you live somewhere that doesn’t snow six months out of the year. Not only if you are living radically 24 hours of every day. Not only if you have goals that have all been met. 
So while I will not stop dreaming and making plans for the future, I am vowing to simply enjoy and seek the beauty in the process. Life seems to be a lot more enjoyable this way, yes? 

And that completes today’s thoughts on life.

Now seems to be a fitting time to dump a heck of a lot of photos on you of my recent activities. 

Life is good. 

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