There really is no such thing as a perfect day, and that’s exactly what I want to talk about today. Life is full of imperfections and everyday challenges, so what makes for a ‘perfect’ day? To me, a perfect day is all about a state of mind. Things go wrong for sure, but at the end of the day you’re still feeling higher than a kite, and nothing can get you down!
I had just such a day last week, and it got me thinking about the myth that we need to wait for things to be a certain way before we can be happy. So often I catch myself working too much, and piling even more on my plate when the weekends come. This always leads me to the exact same place of discontentment.
I’ve come to learn that the ‘perfect’ days so to speak are the days where you’re just going about your normal everyday life, but you take the time to smell the roses, and do a few things that make you happy.
If I had to dream up my perfect day, it would probably look something like this:
- Wake up to croissants and an Americano already made and steaming hot.
- Grab something easy for lunch, (like Our Favorite Pasta Salad) and head to the mountains to climb a peak.
- After exhausting myself climbing some huge mountain, the next stop would be a quick refreshing swim in Lake McDonald on the way home.
- Dinner would either be something Mexican or Homemade Pizza.
- With my few remaining hours, I’d have a bonfire in the backyard.
- And finally collapse into blissful sleep without setting an alarm for the next day.
All my ‘perfect’ days would look something like this, maybe trading mountain climbing for travel, and exchanging Mexican food for a perfect plate of pasta somewhere in Italy…. but you get the idea.
But you know what? There just aren’t that many ‘perfect’ days in a year, and that’s something I want to change right now, today.
So here’s how my ‘perfect’ average day looked like last week.
- Wake up at 5:30 am, I mean seriously is anyone human at this hour?
- Work at a break neck pace, barely moving from my computer chair until 3:00 pm, at several points my legs went numb.
- Knock off early to go grocery shopping and for a little exercise.
- Notice on my way to the car that the spring blossoms smell amazing!
- Start hiking up a hill just outside of town, but I’m feeling so great I break into a run. This makes me incredibly happy because I haven’t been able to run regularly for a decade now due to some injuries. I’m only allowed to run for 30 seconds or less at a time, but still it feels like I’m flying, and it’s a sensation I haven’t felt in over 2 years!
- Decide that I’m most definitely going for the first swim of the season since I’m boiling hot, and absolutely dripping.
- But… mother nature has other plans and a storm rolls in while I’m finishing my workout, and the lighting rules out any kind of swimming.
- Get caught in rush hour, (yes we do have that in Montana although it’s nothing compared to a big city – seriously don’t miss the traffic in Calgary) and have to wait through 5 lights before getting to Costco where it’s so jammed that I can barely find a parking space.
- Call my husband and let him know that I’m running late for our date night, and that town is crazy busy, I’ll be another 45 minutes.
- Finish grocery shopping and make a last minute change for dinner. You see… it was Cinco De Mayo and we were going to have these Tostones, but there aren’t any plantains at any of the grocery stores. So change of plans, and we’re having Fish Tacos instead.
- Arrive home a literal hot mess and find that my husband has taken care of the disaster I left in the kitchen, wow… just wow – my day just got even better!
- Hop in the shower and quickly get ready for our at home date night.
- Start making mango salsa and guacamole for the fish tacos.
- It’s 8:00 pm and we’re finally relaxing over the fish tacos (chicken for him) and talking about our week.
- 10:00 pm pass out in exhaustion with the alarm set for another crazy day!
Obviously the ‘perfect’ day I had on Cinco De Mayo last week bears next to no resemblance to what I would normally think of as a perfect or ideal day. But you know what… I had the best day because my mind was set on having an awesome day!
Not that that’s an easy thing to do with the challenges of everyday life, but just being aware of my attitude has made all the difference. And a little perspective never hurts, I often get frustrated and overwhelmed with everyday life and the same old things over and over again, but it’s always good to be reminded I have an amazing life. Everyone has challenges, and there will never be a time where everything lines up just perfect, so now is the best time you’ll ever have time to be happy!