"We have advantages. We have a cushion to fall back on. This is abundance. A luxury of place and time. Something rare and wonderful. It's almost historically unprecedented. We must do extraordinary things. We have to. It would be absurd not to."
Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius)

Some days instead of feeling extraordinary, I feel terribly ordinary.
I work full-time at a weight loss company,
take an Italian class and yoga on the side,
teach piano for some extra cash,
and look forward most to coming home to my new husband,
and maybe making dinner and watching Office before going to bed and waking up and starting all of it again.

But last night, as I listened to my breathing before falling asleep, I realized that it was my organs that were breathing. My lungs that inhale slowly and exhale, and my heart that beats, my eyes that can close or open, and my hands that on will could pull the covers closer around myself, and my mind that could think about my organs and what they were doing, and how I was feeling about living an extraordinary life.

And then I stopped feeling ordinary.

(photo via Kevin's iPhone)


Julie said...

Love this. Beautiful. And I know what you mean...but it's things like Italian and yoga (and for me, rehearsal in four-foot paniers and running in the mornings) that keep life unordinary.
Thanks for the reminder that I need to keep recognizing these things!


Brittany said...

oh, mandy. thanks for writing this, because i needed to read it today (this week, this month, this year). it's really amazing to live isn't it?

Half Dressed said...

This was so beautiful to read, and you are right we see the extraordinary as ordinary most of the time.

L x

Jen said...

What a good reminder!
Ahhh...yoga and Italian...and playing piano. Sounds delightful :)

Thanks for commenting on my blog.
I LOVE your blog.
Congrats on getting married.
Married life can be so blissful.
Enjoy it!!!

katrina said...

you are definately extraordinary.

and so am i.

isnt it beautiful? :]

Kay said...

what a wonderful thought.

kara lynn said...

beautiful beautiful. exactly my thought the last few days.

there are no ordinary people.
c.s. lewis

kate lines said...

i agree. with this.

^and that there are no ordinary people.

7upkels said...

i like what some girls have already mentioned, "there are no ordinary people" - cs lewis. you just happened to say it a lot better :)

shopgirl said...

I love this. Very poetically written and something which we can all relate to.

I love the reminder that we are all "extraordinary."

p.s. I'm learning Italian too... unfortunately, not very blessed at learning a new language.

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