My sweet friend Sybil talked about this the other day in one of her posts, and I have been thinking about it ever since. Balance.
Balance: An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
For such a simple definition, balance sure is an elusive little shit. For me it is anyway. I can't tell you the last time I felt like I was leading a well balanced life. I can't seem to figure it out.
Ideally my life would look like this:
Those things, family, career, health, and friends, are the very things that are important to me and that must be included to live a happy life. But in what amount?
I think the answer to that depends on the person. For instance, what seems "balanced" for me probably wouldn't seem "balanced" for you. That's the hard part. You have to figure it out for yourself.
Unfortunately, that takes some time, as well as some trial and error, and I haven't figured it out yet. Before I switched positions at work, I felt unhappy because I was working too much, for me. Now I feel unhappy because I am at home too much. Where/what is my perfect balance?
Eating junk food and watching TV makes me feel like a bum. Working out and eating healthy makes me feel like I am missing out on the tasty things in life, like cupcakes. Where's the perfect balance for me?
I wish there was a test you could take, yearly, and it would tell you the exact amount of hours you need to work before feeling burnt out, as well as the exact combination of exersize and cupcakes you should do/eat to be happy. Wouldn't that be nice?
What are some things you do to feel balanced? I'm definitely open to suggestions!