“I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.” McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
I’ve never seen the movie, but this quote could have been pulled from my own head. It’s one of those lines that cuts through the stress of everyday life. When things feel off-the-charts hectic (which happens way more than I’d like it to), it’s easier to blame it on craziness than admitting that this is actually my life.
My life that often appears to be happening at warp speed.
My life that isn’t always what I imagined it to be.
My life that I’ve been hard at work constructing over the last 40 years (yeah, I turn 40 in two days, whoohoo).
My life that sometimes I’d like to deconstruct and reassemble in a completely different arrangement, preferably with me living in Hawaii and running a cool little hangout right on the beach.
My life that has been mostly a wonderful gift.
My life that is what I make of it.
So, yeah, I’ll take the crazy, because without it, I probably wouldn’t enjoy the awesome as much. Coming home to family and laughing with friends (both enhanced by a glass of wine, by the way) at the end of a wild day brings much comfort and chances to see what is truly important in life. Many times we run like hamsters in a wheel.
And what do we have to show for it? Nothing. Just like the freakin’ hamster. Sure, our thighs look great from all that running, but we haven’t really accomplished anything that means something to anybody.
This fourth of July, take a moment to breathe. To enjoy. To smell the roses… or burgers on the grill. Make a plan to do something different with your freedom. There are opportunities all around us to make small changes that will have big effects on your happiness and quite possibly the happiness of others.