On a Sunday morning not too long ago, I was sitting at the coffee table with a cup of tea and notebook, my heart feeling extra nostalgic. I never know what I’m going to end up writing about on Sunday mornings; all I’m sure of is that when my pen hits the paper, my heart opens instantly.
I decided to take a little trip down memory lane and wrote about cherished memories – magical moments I never want to forget. I remembered the songs I wrote at 2 a.m., the faces in audiences I’ve played to, the beautiful people I’ve met. I revisited easy afternoons, singing in the car with friends and taking neighborhood walks. I also recalled more difficult moments – the shaky hands on stage, silent prayers I said so I wouldn’t forget the lyrics, second guessing myself, and the introvert in me nearly terrified of unfamiliar situations I found myself in. As I recalled these moments of uncertainty, I stopped mid-sentence and jotted down these words:
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Confession: sometimes I secretly wish I lived a “Pinterest worthy life.”
In the carefully curated Pinterest world, everything is color-coordinated and the lighting is always flattering. The houses are cavernous and every kitchen has a farmhouse sink with a pile of fresh-cut flowers on the table. Manicures are never chipped and lattes are drunk on a pretty marble slab. It’s an idyllic place of no muss, no fuss, no awkward moments ever, but also the same kind of place I would be afraid to actually inhabit for a long period of time. I mean… What if I spilled something?
For me, this kind of life will have to wait. I take great pride in the messy, silly pocket of the world I reside in and all of its surprises behind every corner. Writer Madelyn Mulvaney said it best in Bella Grace Issue 1, “I fall in love every day in the best possible way.”
I constantly find myself celebrating things that might not get repinned on Pinterest, but that I think are pretty swell. Take a moment to re-appreciate these 17 perfectly imperfect things all over again today. You may find you secretly treasure them more than the idea of that pristine life.