“Suck it up, girlie, this is your life now!”
That, at certain times in my life, may have made me a little (a lot!) annoyed. But, this time when it was spoken by a dear older, wiser friend of mine, it just made me laugh.
I had been outlining all of the upcoming changes regarding our move to Texas and was (maybe) complaining just a little about how unnerved I was feeling. Somehow, I was able to take her comment in stride though, and for some strange reason it was actually encouraging.
There is wisdom in the idea of trying to make the best of your circumstances, but as I was contemplating her comment again yesterday, my thoughts went a slightly different direction.
“Suck it up, girlie!” could also be an invitation. An invitation to suck up everything I can in this new life we’re embarking on. Remember Dead Poet’s Society and the whole carpe diem and “suck the marrow out of life” thing? That’s kind of what I’m thinking.
I know that pretty much everything between now and about 2 months from now is going to be new, different, strange, unfamiliar, and an opportunity to be stressed and nervous. OR–I can look at it like it’s an adventure and pull as much fun, laughter, and goodness as possible from it. That’s pretty much my choice. Pretty much seems obvious which one is better, too.
I just wish it were easier to make that choice.