Five Minute Friday - strive

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on strive.

There was a time when I strived to be something.
I strived to be someone.
I strived for some respect for my accomplishments.
I pushed, I pushed as hard as I could for as long as I could.

And then I broke.
And I broke up with myself because I had to.
And it's different now because it has to be.
Things are different, I am different.
I strive for different things.

Like a lot more rest.
Like a lot more comfort.
Like a lot more space.
Like a lot less.

And I am privileged enough that I can give myself all of these things.
Rest, comfort, space, less chaos/worry/concern/stress/busy.
Not very many in this world can do that.
Not very many are handed the space to figure things out.

I didn't live in a world of chaos out of survival.
I chose to live there.
I didn't live in a world of complicated and proving my worth because I had no choice.
I chose to live there.
I didn't live a life of constantly pushing to the next level, and who even knows what that was, out of greed.
I did it out of choice.

But I have been living a different life and way for three years.
Some peaceful, some not.
All by choice of what I now strive to be.

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