I had a great weekend. It was filled with my family, new friends, and a special person to me.
As I look back on everything I did and the last year of my life – it was my birthday weekend, after all – I’m realizing that there are important things in life and there are things that should truly be forgotten.
It is really funny to me that I’ve spent the vast majority of my life judging where I’m at based on my bank account and my school grades. Those are the two things that truly defined how good my life was. When I was at school, I was miserable when I was taking Greek. No matter how hard I tried at that class, I could never get the “A”. Heck, I think there was one semester where I actually ended up with a “C”. That devastated me. I thought that I was a failure and that my life was a disaster. Now, it has gone from checking my grades to checking my bank account – heaven forbid my 401K isn’t getting a decent rate of return.
But, those things are not important. At least they shouldn’t be.
I’m not trying to say that there isn’t value in putting effort in with schoolwork or having a job that pays a decent wage; however, what I am saying is that the minute that those items become the defining things in your life, you’ve stepped off into the deep end. You’ve entered the rat race – A race that you’re never going to win.
So, what was so special about this weekend? I got to spend time with people. People who care about me. People who want the best for me. People who would give anything for me. People who know me and love me despite all of my flaws. I care about those people. I want the best for those people. I would do anything for those people. I love those people.
So, I want to encourgage you to take a step back and look at the people in your life. Are they the kind of people that you want to surround yourself with? Do you love them? Do they love you? Do they build you up or do they tear you down, and vice versa?
Take a step back from the rat race – going around that track will get you nowhere good.
Spend some time walking through life with people that mean something to you. It’ll make the path you’re going down much more enjoyable.