You know what I miss?
Back to school.
Back to school everything. The excitement. The shopping. Decorating my locker. Getting new pens and school supplies. Finding out my schedule and comparing it to my friends’ and crushes’.
*Sigh* Those were the days.
I was always one of those people that geeked out over school supplies. I loved color coordinating everything from pens and highlighters, to folders and binders, and the little tab divider thingies.
I’m definitely guilty of Type A tendencies, but I’ve honestly let a lot of that go post-recovery. Just ask the pile of dirty laundry begging to be washed in my closet.
But there was something about going back to school that was really exciting. Sure I hated seeing the summer come to a close, but the thought of embarking on a new year – a fresh start – it was one of my favorite times of the year.
Because it was a blank canvas. I could make of it whatever I wanted. Endless possibilities.
And, honestly, this whole “adulting” thing…I really miss that. I miss that hopefulness and that feeling of a new beginning that I took for granted back when Lizzie McGuire, Winnie Cooper and Clarissa ruled cable TV.
But I think that once we get out of that “back to school” era of life, we can get kind of, stuck in the doldrums. Caught up in the monotony of everyday life. Stuck in a rut where we feel as though we’re merely existing. Paycheck to paycheck, bill to bill, weekend to weekend. We suddenly find ourselves in a place that, if we’re honest, there’s no real fresh start or new adventure waiting to be had come September 1.
We’re in the daily grind.
Wake up. Coffee. Commute. Work. Commute. Netflix. Sleep. Repeat. Toss in a dive bar and a boozy brunch on the weekends, and welcome to adulthood.
Can’t a girl just get excited about some new felt tip pens and college-ruled spiral notebooks anymore?
But I was thinking about this today, as my precious nanny-ees were sorting through their school supplies: we’re never stuck.
Just because our schedule may be relentless or just because we don’t get a fresh, blank, 5-subject monthly planner complete with motivational quotes, doesn’t mean that we can’t have a new realm of possibilities available to us.
And no, I’m not talking about the upcoming season of The Bachelor.
Just because you find yourself doing the daily grind doesn’t mean that God can’t use you.
It doesn’t mean that you’re forever doomed to an existence where your only variation and excitement comes from which snack you choose from the vending machine in the break room.
God will use you right where you are, with what you’ve got.
There are opportunities for new beginnings and new possibilities all around, but we’ve got to just be looking for them, and ready to adapt our lives when we find them.
But give yourself the chance to try. Put yourself in play. Because nothing will happen if you concede to the monotony of a stagnant existence.
That’s not “it” for you. God’s got something bigger. But you’ve gotta keep your eyes peeled for when He allows opportunity to knock.
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