I want to confess: “My life is out of balance.”
I can already hear you saying “Wait! Your life is out on balance and you are giving advice about balanced living on this blog?”
You have the right to say that but before you do I want to show you why my life is out of balance and why your life should be out of balance too.
The general idea of balanced living is that you divide your life into 6 areas (family, finances, career, friends and social life, health, spirituality) and you try to give equal amounts of attention to each of these areas. If that’s what you are looking for on this blog, then I am sorry to disappoint you. I do not believe in that type of balance. I do not know any single person that lives a truly balanced life (in the sense I’ve just described). And I do not see how this logically divided life can be happy and fulfilling.
Please tell me, how can a new parent be equally excited about a child and his/her work or friends? How can a person who has just started his business not spend more time on it than on anything else in life? How can you compare the amount of time a 16- and a 60-year old spend taking care of their health? How can you imagine that every person on this planet has the same requirements for happy and balanced living?
Our lives constantly change and these changes bring new challenges, new joys and new requirements. What you thought of “Cool! I’ll be happy doing it my entire life” when you were a teenager might seem like nonsense when you are even in your 20s. Requirements for happiness in life change with us over the years.
When I said that my life is out of balance I meant that I do not have a standard balanced life. I do not divide my life into equal areas and I am not trying to do it all at the same time.
Let me tell you what life balance is to me.
Life balance is inner peace and happiness.
Life balance is the understanding that my life is full and yet I have plenty of room to bring something new into it.
Life balance is a happy family that I have and smiles on the faces of my girls.
Life balance is taking care of my body without forgetting my soul.
Life balance is walking outside and seeing the beauty around me that inspires me day after day.
Life balance is faith that I have.
Life balance is knowing that I do not live on the edge and that I feel secure walking through my life.
This is what life balance is for me. It is not some mathematical equation that I must follow in life. It is a life of passion, love, kindness, generosity, happiness and joy.
What is life balance for you?
Keep it balanced!