Do you ever have those days when you start to dwell on all the mistakes you've made? Like that time you decided to get a credit card in university and wound up paying piles of interest on a pizza you ordered
five ten years later? Or when you stayed for too long in a relationship that was terrible for you? Or when you decided, sure I'll try one cigarette--what could possibly go wrong?
I think we've all had those days, but they aren't very useful. They don't make us feel good, they aren't very motivating, and for dwellers (like me) they can ruin a perfectly great week. So today I wanted to think about all the good decisions I've made in my life. And wouldn't you know it, at the time some of those good things felt a whole lot like mistakes. I guess a little failure isn't a bad thing after all.
The twenty best things I've ever done in my life
1. Marry a man from Alabama.
2. Then have two delightful daughters.
3. Start my PhD (because I met Matty on our first day of the same doctoral program).
4. Quit my PhD.
5. Finally go to midwifery school.
6. Catch a baby.
7. Tell my dear friends how much I love them.
8. Spend a summer "working" in Whistler when I was twenty.
9. Leave a relationship that made me feel like shit.
10. Get a library card.
11. Watch my mother in the kitchen.
12. Move far away all by myself.
13. Learn to say no.*
15. Accept that I'm introvert.
16. Love my children with abandon.
17. Talk through the night until the sun came up.
18. Speak openly about my mental illness.
19. Be a feminist.
20. Love hard.
*Work in progress.
What would you add to your list?