Well, today we close up the 31 Amazing Days of October. If you go to the Facebook page today and click the “31” you have one last day to enter to win the grand prize!
But no prizes necessary, and no gimmicks necessary–you can live an Amazing life any time, any place. Today I’m sharing a guest blog written by a young woman named Brianna who I was privileged to meet when she showed up on the This Ordinary Adventure website and took up the challenge. Here she shares some beautiful lessons she’s been learning about living a life that doesn’t suck.
On October 1, I decided to attempt to post a blog a day for the month of October.
Later that day, I found out about The 31 Amazing Days Challenge, with the tagline, “I am determined to live a life that doesn’t suck.”
Excellent, I thought. There I had it: A challenge for myself, a way to participate in something bigger, and a declaration to live in a way that doesn’t suck. So I started writing. Christine found my blog, and asked me if I’d be interested in guest posting, so…
Let me introduce myself. My name is Brianna. I graduated from college in April, and I work part time at a Christian publishing company in social media and marketing. I also work part time as a teaching assistant for two freshmen English classes at my alma mater. Right now I live with my parents, I’m actively involved with my church, and I hang out with friends as often as I can.
Throughout the month of October, I’ve been learning to be more aware of what I do throughout my day. I’ve been searching for bits of amazing, partly to write about, but also to glean more appreciation for my life.
Often though, I’ve found myself making excuses for why I haven’t been more intentional about creating amazing moments. I’ve graduated from college, so in theory I’m equipped to be an active participant in the adult world, at least when it comes to the workplace. But it doesn’t always feel that way for the rest of life. This phase of life feels like an in-between time.
I catch myself thinking, “Once this next thing happens, that’s when my real life will start.” Whether it’s moving out of my parents’ house, finding a boyfriend, getting a full-time job—one of those things will be the catalyst for “real life” beginning. Where I am now is not the story I would have written if I had authored my own life. Sometimes, I am sure that once God gives me the go ahead to move on to the “next thing,” that’s when things will get better, and my “real life” will begin. Where I am now? It’s just a holding pattern, a temporary stop on my way to real life.
Life doesn’t begin, life is.
Slowly, God is showing me I don’t get a second shot at life; I can waste this time, wishing for tomorrows, or can I embrace the now and actively participate in where he has me at this moment. This Land of In-Between I’m in; this is real life.
Wherever it is you’re sitting or standing or lying while reading this, that is life. For reasons that may not make sense today or tomorrow or even in this lifetime, God has you there. It doesn’t mean we always like the phase we’re in, but denying the “lifeness” of it denies the one life God gave each of us.
Life is here, now, in this moment.