Our family loves the TV show Wipeout. The goal is for contestants to successfully make it through all the obstacles, in the least amount of time for a grand prize of $50,000. The obstacles are spinning, slinging and catapulting people over water, all the while, distracters are shooting water guns, whip cream and throwing Nerf balls at contestant’s heads. Talk about a distraction!
Isn’t that the way it is in life? You can’t just drive down the interstate in peace. That would be boring! Oh no, you have teenagers wanting to listen to music you don’t like, there are sounds coming from techno gadgets, DVD players and little Maddie is in the back seat, asking questions about the birds and the bees. It’s madness, mayhem . . . and that’s just the ride to school!
Life is full of ups and downs. The good, the bad and the ugly. So it’s only natural we often think that when life is not always good, it’s bad.
This is absolutely not true!
Life is sticky, and life is clean. It’s full of joy and happiness, heartache and tears. It’s full of calm, storms, peace and destruction. From moments of great health and plenty of resources, to the loss of a job and tougher times. There’s depression and elation. Laughing till you cry, crying till you have nothing left.
From celebration and victories to tough conversations, the important thing is, we do it together. We grab our friends and our family members, and we take them along our journey. That’s what makes life worth living – when you can share it with others.
Life isn’t perfect, just promising. It’s full of highs and lows, vacations and laundry. Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes, the box is full of too many orange creams making you appreciate the chocolate caramels when they pop up. Martina McBride said it best: “No matter the obstacles, just keep believing, building, loving and dreaming.”
People come and go on this great earth. We don’t know what tomorrow has in store. We are like a vapor: here today, gone tomorrow. However long we’re here, live it with no regrets. If you have them, try to eliminate them, knowing you lived life to its full potential, maxed out, filled to the top, running over.
Embrace life’s losses, victories and all the stuff in between. Grab life by the horns, so when you look back on how you lived, you sang it, rang it, walked it, skipped it, ran it, guided it and squeezed it ’til there was nothing left.
So when the obstacles of life come calling, be ready to jump, squat and endure, knowing that in the overall scope of things, life really is good!
Stephanie Pletka is the creator of the blog, Spit-up & Heels. She lives in Alpharetta, GA with her husband John and four children, Jack, Will, Andrew and Ava.