Monday Thoughts

We are not diminished because someone else has the same passion as us. We are not diminished because our lives does not fit into the cookie-cutter mold society tries to force us into.

We are not diminished because we never got the Master’s degree we promised we would get.

We are not diminished because the lives of those around us seem to be so full of adventure and excitement.

We. Are. Not. Diminished.

We. Are. Not. Less. Than.

We. Are. Not. Subpar.

We. Are. Not. Mediocre.

We are living the life before us in stride. Taking each day as it comes and unpacking the gifts it gives us.

We are thriving in the space given us, even when it doesn’t look or feel that way. Just because we don’t see the roots of a tree doesn’t mean it isn’t alive. Just because life doesn’t “look” like it’s thriving doesn’t mean it isn’t. Some flowers bloom in the driest of places. Let's not count ourselves out.

We are building our lives each and every single day through the choices we make, the people we choose, and the space we protect and create.

We are wiser now than we were 2 years ago

We are enough.

In a world that is constantly shifting and molding, it is easy to count ourselves out. It is easy to compare and let life take over. It is easy to forget all the things we are in the middle of the all the things we aren’t that blaring at us and vying for our attention.

I know I’m guilty of this. I can get so wrapped up in everything I’m not that I fall into a pit of self-pity and remorse. Being in that space often leads me to try to be something I'm not. It causes me to miss the forest for the trees and to disdain the bigger picture. However, when I deny the invitation to bemoan my reality, and instead choose to celebrate all the things that are good, right, and fulfilling, I find that I’m not as far off as I thought. I find joy right where I am instead of pining for what isn’t or was.

As May winds down and we enter into June, we will begin transition into another season. We will invite summer and all of her hot afternoons and balmy evenings to invade our world. With summer comes the reality that we are almost half through 2017. Truth be told, the last 5 months may not look how any of us wanted. I know for me, it has been a whirlwind of really good and really "meh". But one thing I can say, as we leave May and welcome June, is this:

We aren’t failing. We aren’t missing it. Just because the last 5 months have looked so different than we'd imagined does not mean it’s wasted time. There is still time to for us to pursue dreams, discover new ones, and show up fully to the life before us.

We are not diminished.

Danae Carson is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of This Wondrous Life. With a passion for creativity, dreams, and community you will find in the content she creates an eagerness for others to be awaken to their dreams and creativity. When she isn't busy running This Wondrous Life, Danae can be found working a 9-5 in Washington, D.C. and when she's not there, she can be found making areopress coffee at home, brainstorming and dreaming up how to best live present with those around her. Danae resides in the suburbs of Maryland. To learn more about her and This Wondrous Life, you can follow the journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!