As I read the first topic for the "Blog-Off for Babies", I was dreading it. Just seeing Oprah's name pop up just about did me in. Needless to say, I'm not a fan. Most people probably know about Oprah's Best Life series. I did not. So, I started to look it up, but for the life of me, I couldn't stop myself from hitting that darn red X to close her out. But, the post isn't supposed to be about Oprah, so I'll move on.
I've struggled with this post. What would I consider the Best Life and am I living it? That's so tough for me. It shouldn't be and maybe for the average person it isn't, but hey, who ever said I was average . . . OK, probably me. Maybe that's my problem?!
The best life (to me) might consist of:
Physically: being at a healthy weight, looking my prettiest all of the time, having a clear complexion (all that really vain mumbo jumbo), eating healthy foods
Financially: debt free, assets, college funds for the kids, orthodontia savings, emergency food supply, retirement
Emotionally: positive self-esteem, good relationships, good-stable marriage, not carrying around any extra emotional baggage, confidence, educated in a variety of areas (I'm not sure that falls under emotional, just pretend it does)
It's hard for me to think of "Best Life". I will live the life I deserve. What I put into it is what I will get out of it. I do not think I have the Best Life, nor am I living the best life. That being said, I don't think anyone really does.
I think Life is a like a game. It's all about choices and consequences. I know that if I was employed, I would be able to have a more secure future and not necessarily be living paycheck to paycheck. I know that by exercising (which I have been - yay me) will help me inch my way to a healthier weight for myself, but it's that darn healthy eating I have a problem with. I know that I could lose some of that excess emotional baggage I carry around with me if I went to see a therapist, but they cost money and that's not what I want to spend my money on right now. Uh-oh, my life is full of buts. But, (here's one more) what's more important to me than all of the steps to obtain the best life is that I know I love my husband and my kids. Seeing them happy, keeps me happy. I know that they love me unconditionally, just the way that I am. Hmmm, maybe I am living the best life in some ways. Even if I'm not, I'll just keep on living a good, content life.
I appreciated being able to think about what would make up the best life. I plan on making up a list of things that I'd like to accomplish in my lifetime, both short term and long term. Will I ever share it on this blog? Probably not, but you never know!