I recently met up with one of my professors from the University of Maryland. She maintains a rigorous travel and work schedule as I do. During a particularly hectic time lately, she heard herself comparing her life to a marathon.
On reflection, she realized that she isn’t a marathon runner. That doesn’t resonate with her. She realized that by looking at her life as a marathon she was making it harder than she needed to. So instead, she decided to say that it was like a walk in the park.
I’ve taken this piece of wisdom as one of those rare moments when you glimpse a piece of your life.
I now reflect on how my life is nothing but extraordinary. When I find myself pause, I think, “This is another moment in my extraordinary life.”
It’s amazing how this seemingly insignificant reflection has changed my life.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I haven’t realized that my life isn’t your average day in Kansas.
But this small reflection has allowed an appreciation for all of those incredible moments in my life that make it what it is. Whether it be walking the tarmac in dark of Kabul or watching the endless procession of the world in the wee hours of the Dubai airport, I’m able to appreciate my life for what it is.
Whether it be a moment of bliss, or one of those many challenges I face in my traversing the globe, recognizing the extraordinary quality of my life makes me pause in appreciation.
“Wisdom begins with wonder.” – Socrates
Life is extraordinary.