Since I’ve been on vacation this last week, I got to do quite a bit of thinking. One of the concepts I’ve been working on with Ruth is this idea of acceptance, and how that applies to my work life. But I was talking with one of my co-founders, and we had this great discussion about how the essence of adulthood, at the end of the day, is really about acceptance. It sounds quite counterintuitive, but I think acceptance is the first step, in a long process, to a happy adulthood.
On the flip side, if the key to adulthood is acceptance, I think the key to staying young is learning how to be happy about it. How to stay excited. Finding reasons to get up in the morning, despite all the things you don’t have control over.
I made my list:
I accept that there are things I have to do that I don’t want to. Let me rephrase that. I accept that there are things that I choose to do because I have the power to make each moment beautiful, and I have the power to create wonderful memories for others around me.
I accept that there are very few things that I have control over. Let me rephrase that. I accept that I have the power to choose how I behave, how I make others feel, and how I handle myself in any given situation.
I accept that I can’t control what people say around me. Let me rephrase that. I accept that I have the power to choose what thoughts I think, what I choose to believe, what actions I take, and what I choose to say.
I accept that there are very few things I have control over. Let me rephrase that. I accept I have control over the most powerful force I know: my thoughts, my actions. And if I learn to exercise this power I can control, I think I would have achieved something great in life.
Which is why I want to focus on this one thing And be happy about the small victories, because honestly, those are probably the most important ones anyway.
Welcome to adulthood