In addition to blessing us all with what is easily one of the most sonically rich albums to grace the collective ears of humankind, Lauryn Hill also inspired my life motto for this winter.* It's too easy to make things harder for myself, when I really don't need the extra stress.
Harvard still insists on holding class despite the state of Massachusetts declaring a state of emergency in a show of deference to Mother Nature and her 8 feet of snow and blizzard winds. How do you simplify?
By giving myself my own personal snow day to ensure that my desire to make it through college without a snowfall induced tailbone fracture remains intact.
Scenario 2: The rain/snow boots you ordered from Groupon STILL have not come in the mail yet despite you ordering them on 7:32pm PST January 3rd, 2015. It is now over a month. These aren't shipping from China, they're supposed to be on their way from Fresno, CA, so now you're fourfiveseconds from launching a highly effective and targeted attack on every facet of Groupon's online presence. How do you simplify?
By parting with another 25 dollars to AmazonPrimeify another pair of desperately needed, and then channeling my new found toe warmth into energy for the War of the Groupon Rainboot.
Scenario 3: Between school and sleep (let's be real though it's mostly sleep because winter weather brings out the hibernation tendencies in me), you barely have any time to compose masterful cover letters and update your Linkedin profile for summer internship applications. How do you simplify?
By prioritizing like a full-fledged functioning person with common sense, and pausing Parks and Rec to make sure that cover letter is polished and application ready. Parks and Rec will be on Netflix forever, but it would be truly tragic missing this marketing and retail deadline sooo...
Life is never not going to be hard, but sometimes the actions I need to do to make things easier are staring me down. Right in the face. With an icy cold unwavering gaze. Why I keep purposefully avoiding eye contact by looking down at my phone and sending fake text messages to myself, is beyond me. It could all be so simple, so for these next few weeks (almost said months -- a bit ambitious ahem) I'm going to let it be.
*And I concede to the point that Lauryn might not be the most logical source of inspiration for a life of simplicity...given that she's actually had some really complicated road blocks (taxes and concerts and paternity tests oh my) in her life. I just wanted to have a link to that song somewhere on this post because it came on my shuffle as I was typing this all and I felt inspired. Listen, enjoy, and be simple.