I read two blog posts this week that got me thinking.
Over on the blog Peach & Peeling, writer and blogger Leslie quotes her great-grandmother's life advice:
Find your two extremes and pick somewhere in the middle. You don't have to be all one or all the other right this second.
I don't know about anyone else, but I immediately got to thinking: what are my two extremes?
I've thought of this before, perhaps not in this exact way but certainly in some way.
People often ask me if I could do anything at all, what would it be? My answer is always one of two extremes.
1. Live in a developing country, working on an aid project, living in a tiny apartment and having cold beer with other expats and aid workers well into the night.
2. Write novels, tucked away in a cabin somewhere, doing yoga, cooking and drinking wine in between.
Those are two extremes. :)
I am currently living in a small southern town, in a subdivision neighborhood so my kids can have access to 'good schools' and my husband can commute to work. I tell myself one day I'll be in that far-flung country drinking the cold beer or one day I'll be writing novels and breaking for yoga and then a glass of Malbec.
But then, reading that quote, I wonder: is there a middle road? Can I pick something now that is a little bit of both? Does it have to be all or nothing?
As someone so tempted by and drawn to all-or-nothing, it's sometimes hard to see what the middle road looks like and, frankly, how it could possibly be appealing.
But then I watch an episode of Homeland, and I'm suddenly grateful for this quiet house in this small patch of woods, just behind a tiny airport into which nobody particularly hostile flies. I'm grateful for the laundry to fold because it means there are people to wear it, people other than expats drinking cold beer on a Friday night.
I'm grateful there is someone here to share the Malbec.
What are your extremes?
Do you even have extremes? If you do, have you chosen a middle road? What does it look like?
I hope everyone is warm, cozy and maybe eating dessert in a not-too-extreme manor. :)