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Being Ordinary

Growing up I always thought of myself as ordinary girl. I lived in a suburban middle class household, was good at school, and participated in a few sports that I was okay at. I was ordinary. 

As  went through college I did all the things I thought an ordinary college girl does - gets good grades, picks a major that provided stable employment after college, and gets a job so she can do fun things that her student loans don't cover. 

The ordinary continued into my first career as an accountant (I mean what career could be more ordinary than an accountant?) and then later into motherhood. 

All I wanted to be was a good mom so I fell into the ordinary things people say a mom should do. I took my daughter to daycare every day while I went to work because I thought my real desire of being a stay at home mom was impossible with only having one child. I fell into a rinse and repeat ordinary life. I would get up, exercise, get myself ready for work, get my daughter ready for daycare, drop her off at daycare, go to work, come home and prepare dinner, watch TV for a few hours while trying to entertain my daughter, put her to bed and then watch some more TV or read a romance book. 

Every once in a while we would mix it up by going out to eat or going to the park but it was all just very ordinary. 

The books I read were ordinary romance books, my marriage was ordinary, my relationships were ordinary (very surface level), my habits were ordinary, most things about my life were ordinary (Besides maybe my travel experiences...but even sometimes those were ordinary - not off the beaten path). 

To be honest ordinary is kinda boring. (even as I type this out I find it kind of boring.)

I heard about having an extraordinary life on a podcast I was listening to.  I didn't quite believe it at the time (or maybe it was just the fear talking because to be extraordinary sometimes you have to do things out of your comfort zone that are scary) but I gave it a shot because I felt like I had a bigger purpose than just being ordinary. 

For me extraordinary looked like becoming a stay at home mom who ran her own coaching business. It looked like not being tied to a desk working 7:30-4:30 in a job I had lost my passion for. It looked like me choosing my life instead of letting my life go by living an ordinary rinse and repeat life. 

The thing is we only get one life. We only get so long on this earth. Why live it in the ordinary?

So many people go about life living in the ordinary thinking that they have all the time in the world. But we don't have all the time in the world - we aren't even promised the rest of today. 

This is why you hear so many people taking risks and actually living an extraordinary life after a diagnosis or a scary situation. Because they realize life is not guaranteed. 

So why not live an extraordinary life?

God gave us this chance why not take it? He wants us to live a full life. John 10:10 says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

I try to live an extraordinary life every day. Am I perfect at it? No sometimes I live in the ordinary but I'm trying every day to live an extraordinary life for God's Glory. 

 

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