I saw this on a license plate frame. When I first saw it, I didn’t give it much attention. Then, as I sat at the red light, staring at those four simple words, I realized how freeing they are.
Relax, you’re doing fine.
You aren’t as far behind as you thought in the “race” of life. In fact, life isn’t a race at all. There’s no prize at the end for getting to the finish line faster than the other people.
You’re living in a great time. Why is it so great? Because it’s your time. It doesn’t matter what else is happening. The fact that things are actually happening, and you are here to see, participate, and have an impact is all that matters. What impact? That’s up to you.
What you do, how you do it, and the pace you choose are up to you. I recommend you take advantage of your limited time on the planet. Start moving, stay moving, always learn, and never stop teaching. But, that’s just me. It’s up to you and no one else.
Not as happy as you’d like to be? Not as fulfilled as you’d like to be? Worried that life is passing you by? Worried that you aren’t as rich, pretty, strong, tall, smart, stylish, successful, or any other measure society places on us, as you’d like to be?
We all have the same seconds, minutes, and hours every day. Our ability to define our time by the people we help, and the smiles we coax into the world are the only things we control. The rest is going to happen with or without our involvement.
Enjoy your time. Let someone else worry about all that other comparison stuff.
And, never forget: Relax, you’re doing fine.