I was stood up for breakfast this morning.
Left, sitting all alone in a hot café in the middle of the Valley with food I love, but quite frankly wouldn’t enjoy in that heat by myself, for 45 minutes with a magazine that I had finished reading. Sure, I got a few great pictures of the café, but even that was not enough to make up for the fact that I was feeling pretty abandoned as people around me were greeting their friends with massive smiles and warm hugs. I had had a rushed morning trying to get there in time, as well as putting on the slow cooker for dinner and getting ready so that I could be out of the house at 6.15am. I even forgot to put the “please leave here” permission form from Toll in the mailbox so that my package could be delivered without anyone being home. Not wanting to be at the café by myself any longer, I decided to leave to go somewhere cooler and grab a pretty, but very underwhelming acai bowl to go due to an under ripe banana (which meant I then felt guilty about eating something that my sister loves that wasn’t even worth it!). Although I have no problem being solo and dining by myself (I happily travelled to Europe by myself for a few weeks… case in point), it was more the notion that I was waiting for someone for so long before I managed to get in contact with them that was the real put-off for staying. Meanwhile, whilst walking to and from the café, the pear in my bag got completely smushed. Plus my hair looked flat. Already feeling kind of worn out after a drawn out week that I had been alone for most of, this was not the best way to start my Friday.
It is so easy in these moments to just want to curl up in a ball, watch “Friends” reruns and cry. To kind of lose perspective. But here is the thing:
Life is incredible.
I have beautiful family and friends (even the ones who stand me up), I live in an amazing place where I can change my mind about breakfast if I want to because there are so many options available at my doorstep, I have a job, my sister is coming home in a week, I got 20% off the sale price at Mimco for her Easter present and I have a lot of packages arriving in the mail over the next week.
So here I five quotes that inspire me in those overwhelming moments where all the little things come together at the same time as the bigger things come crashing down.
- “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt in the heart.” Helen Keller.
- “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Guillaume Apollinaire
- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison
- “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” Audrey Hepburn
- “Try not to become a person of success, but rather, try to become a person of value.” Albert Einstein.
So, even though all in all it was a really bad day, I’m totally ok.
Because through it all, I still get to live an inspired life.
(NOTE: my beautiful sister thought the acai bowl being bad was penance enough for having one without her and totally let it slide – reason #979,389 why I miss her and cannot wait to have a good acai bowl with her)