I wanted to share this quote with you since the very first time I saw Up in the Air, a movie I enjoyed so very much a few months ago. It crossed my mind this morning as my brain was struggling through feelings/thoughts like beginnings, ends, friendships, love, trust, mistakes, heartbreak, regrets, disappointments, hopes, expectations, past, present, future… and I wanted you to think about it too. How heavy is your backpack?
Have a great week. Be well + be happy.
How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life… you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV… the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home… I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office… and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises.