Recently, someone said to me, “You’ve got it made. What are you complaining about?” I won’t go into the nitty-gritty of why that comment was made or what I was “complaining about”; but I’m sure just from reading that dialogue, you can understand this person was not being kind. This person was trying to say that I was selfish, self-absorbed, and ungrateful.
It’s stuck with me. I take things people say to me to heart; I’ve been accused more than once of being over-sensitive. For a while now, I looked inside myself to see if I was truly being selfish. So, with all this introspection and being a writer, I’ve been wanting to blog about this topic for some time; but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to say about it or how I wanted to approach a blog post based on this particular mean-spirited comment.
And then today in the shower, it hit me. (Many writers and artists can attest to the fact that great ideas come in the shower!) I can turn this comment, which was meant to be an insult, into something positive. I can look at my life and see all the ways I am lucky and all the ways that I truly do have it made. I can control my reaction to this comment and what I want other people to read about it. And so that’s what I am doing.
I do have it made because
- I am lucky enough to have an amazing 7-year-old daughter who brings joy, love, and energy into my home every single day. My life would be boring and meaningless without her.
- Both of my parents are still alive and involved in my daughter’s life on a daily basis.
- I have a full-time job with benefits, using my college degree, which is paid off; and I work from home, which is a huge benefit as a single parent.
- I am able to run 2 to 3 times a week because I am able-bodied.
- I can shelter, feed, and clothe myself and my daughter.
- I have enough money to do fun things, like go on small trips or go to Six Flags with Katie.
- I am a writer–I am lucky enough to get to write and people read it. (This is a true blessing.)
- I have friends and family who love me, care about me, want to be in my life, and invite me to do fun things.
- I have a dog to keep me company and to keep me walking, even on days when I don’t feel like getting outside.
- I live in a country, where I have many freedoms and opportunities.
So that’s right, I do have it made.
Yes, of course, I have struggles. Who doesn’t? But I’m not going to allow myself to be weighed down by them or by negative comments because life is too short and too precious to not see the glass as half full.