Com'on yes you have, you must! right?
Luckily jealousy isn't a feeling I am much familiar with. I am not sure why, I've never really been able to explain it but I believe I have always found enough happiness within my own self and life not to envy anyone else's life? Must be it. Even though life has been rather rough in my early years, I tend to be an optimistic and Life has proved me right (I mean : hellooo I live in Hawaii!!). I guess it all started with being born free. A pretty amazing gift when you think about it.
This past week, two of my really dear friends sent me some great news (work-wise) for them. One is about to become the head of the international development for a large company while the other one just embarked on a 7 weeks adventure in antarctica to work on a pingouin-related documentary, a dream of hers and I know she's worked her butt off to be part of the project. Then I looked at my sisters : one is a tv news ancre and is about to have her second book published in a couple of month by a great french publisher and the other one just got hired by one of the most prestigious luxury french company as the head of development of their leather goods (shhhh I am not even allowed to say the name of the company!). These are just a few examples amongst other of extremely talented inspiring women who happen to be in my life.
Of course my childhood friend's happy job news caught me in a moment of self-confidence-sabotage if that makes any sense at all. For a moment I looked at myself and thought "damn it, you're 33 and you're nothing" , you know, that kind of very helpful thought that makes you feel awesome for the rest of your day. Lucky the thought didn't last and I was able to transform it into a "wooooopwoooop freaking rad having all these inspiring women in my life!"
I was then able to face my seriously expanding belly and realized that hey! I am busy creating a life right now, and it includes (or at least I hope it does) 2 arms, hands, legs, feet, lungs, eyes, ears, kidneys, more or less a hundred thousand billion neurons (I googled it), a cute little nose and mouth and a beating heart! While creating all of these, I was able to start a tiny business, to connect with some really great artists, and shoot portraits of my boy every single week of the year as I was home to watch him grow and become the amazing little human being he is.
I know, I am totally hugging myself right now throwing high fives in the air.
Yes I sometimes wish we too were able to borrow a few bucks from an old auntie to buy a piece of land but the truth is that I feel pretty damn happy in my own un-perfect life and I believe we all have the power to turn our dreams into realities. It might take a few more years for some of us but the more inspired by others we are and the less time we waste on being envious (or worst, jealous) = the faster we'll be able to touch our dreams.
It all leads to one important thing in life : wisely choosing who we hang out with. But that will have to wait for another post to be written 'cause right now, I need to craft my little boy's very first stocking with denim fabric given to me today by an inspiring friend.
Feeling merry and inspired (and really just thinking out loud here).