You know the phrase “you always want what you can’t have”? I’m not sure it’s true. I think mostly I want what I can have, I just don’t have it and that’s why I want it.
But then, I should probably just curb my degree of “want”. I’m in such a lucky position to be able to feel like I want things rather than need them. There’s an element of counting blessings here, but aside from that, I think it’s really valuable sometimes to give yourself a bit of perspective.
Here are some things I want:
– To be fit and healthy (and mayyybeee a bit thinner. Jillian is back on the scene)
– World Peace (just sneak that in there. You’re considered a bad person if you don’t)
– More friends
– More money
– More time
– A life-size cutout of Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
– A top grade on my Masters (and maybe a publication offer, with no amendments)
– A dog
– A cup of tea
Fairly comprehensive list, probably.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting any of those things, but it’s also good to take a step back and think about how many things aren’t on that list. Sometimes it feels like life is giving you lemons, but a good friend once told me that if life gives you lemons, you should make some kind of awful cheese-lemon-smoothie. That friend doesn’t know what she’s talking about, and this post is rapidly running away with itself in terms of well-known phrases.
BASICALLY, what I think I’m saying is that at this time of year lots of people (myself included) get bogged down by all the things that they want, so just take a second to think about all the things you already have, and appreciate how great your life probably is, and then consider not wanting health and also chocolate (or consider working out how to get them both, which is the next step, and also the dream).