So, did you watch the royal wedding? I had to laugh at my Instagram feed this weekend. It seemed everyone wanted to share in the excitement of the new American princess. I actually still vividly remember watching Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding. My eyes were fixed on the television screen at my grandma's house. I just remember thinking, like most little girls, “I want to be a princess someday.”
As we watched the wedding yesterday afternoon — yes, we watched it — my boys asked me if every woman wanted to trade places with Meghan Markell. I giggled and said that I assumed most women would say yes. Then they asked if I thought women would leave their husbands to get the chance to be a princess. I felt I knew where they were going.
“I wouldn't trade my life with your dad and all of you kids for any throne or title.”
They seemed a little surprised that I didn't hesitate in my answer to the unasked question. But it was true. Often we spend too much time wondering “what if.” Where would our life be “if” only? I've learned we can't live in the “what if” and truly experience contentment or joy. When I look at the faces of my kids, I realize that many of the choices I did make lead to them — and for that, I wouldn't change a thing.
Okay, I will add that if I magically found out that I was an heir to the throne in some far off European country — I'd be REALLY excited. However, I really do feel like the more I look for the joy in what is real and be thankful for the treasures I already have in my life, the deeper my contentment takes root.
Don't get wrapped up in the “what ifs.” They will only lead you to disappointment. Embrace the gifts that you have in your life right now. Plus, we can all just drink some English Breakfast tea in our best teacups this week with our pinkies up. It might at least help us feel a little fancier. 🙂