As cute and adorable as this picture may be, deep inside I was more worried about cleaning up the mess...
I hate to admit that, but it's true.
In my head I had to get back to business, I was putting together some big deals and losing focus now would just hinder the entire process.
I was more focused about cleaning up and the time it would take to finish, that I almost missed out on this precious moment.
A moment that I know I'd regret if I didn't take the time to slow down and appreciate these times.
A moment that seemed so minuscule at the time, but would later prove be of great significance.
While I'm over here stressing, Lana's having the time of her life learning about the complex texture of one of our household favorites, the avocado.
Watching her smile at me as she flung avocado pieces around the kitchen was a thing of beauty. It's like time slowed down and the classical music started playing in the background while we watched Lana totally demolishing her high chair.
Lana reminded me that life gets messy.
No matter how much we try and control it, no matter how much we TRY to keep it clean... we all know that's never the case.
A lot of times, we don't choose the mess we're given.
"I didn't have a support system growing up..."
"I grew up in a crappy household..."
"Covid totally screwed up my business..."
Whatever reasoning we can come up with, it's all the same.
They're just EXCUSES.
They're just excuses we try to place the blame on as to why our lives stayed "messy".
They're stories upon stories that we've recycled time and time again, in hopes that with enough repetition we'd finally believe they were true.
And at one point, we all do. We all believe that these stories we've drilled into our subconscious are indeed FACTS. But's that's just a lie we chose to believe in an attempt to make sense of it all.
The truth is that EVERYONE has a different set of challenges to overcome, some more extreme than others, but that just depends on who's perspective we're seeing it from.
Everyone has a set of circumstances they didn't choose, it was just handed to them.
And instead of facing those challenges head on, many people give in to the pressure. They do their best to keep things "clean" by following along and continuing down the same narrative of "I didn't have a choice".
YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE.
Don't worry about maintaining a "clean" appearance. Nobody's life is THAT perfect.
I've worked with some highly successful people over the years spanning from multiple industries and professions, and no matter how well put together they may look on the outside, deep inside they were battling with something nobody else could see.
Life isn't perfect. There will be pain and there will be struggles. But that's the most beautiful part that makes life worth living.
There's a peace that comes to mind when I think about uncertainty.
That's the part I know we have ZERO control over.
The only thing to control at that point, is our response.
It's okay to feel lost sometimes. It's also okay to NOT have everything figured out.
Just don't let that stop you from moving forward. Embrace the process. Get some avocados thrown in your face. Don't worry about the clean up right now. Soak in the experiences of struggle because it makes the WIN that MUCH SWEETER.
Like I said, don't be afraid to get messy.