I find day-to-day life rather entertaining. It is very twisty-turny in the way that one situation leads into another. It is twisty-turny in how interactions with one person influence interactions with the next, and it certainly doesn’t stop its twisty-turny nature there.
Living with a chronic condition is equally twisty-turny. One relatively “normal” bodily shift can twisty-turn all other already compromised functions. One medication shift, one night of poor sleep, one infection, one more physical therapy exercise…makes everything all twisty-turny.
I have probably taken some combination of my dogs on walks a hundred times passing these twisty-turny trees over the last ten years of living in this neighborhood. I was having a particularly twisty-turny week last week when they caught my eye and made me smile.
Life is twisty-turny. Even in nature, we see these twists and turns. It is part of the joy of growing through life. Moving through the twists and turns to see the new twists and turns is part of the fun of it.
I think we have this idea that there aren’t supposed to be twists and turns in our lives and that we are doing something wrong if we have them, so we tend to resist them. I know I spent nearly 30 years resisting them because I really thought that was what a person was supposed to do.
It has taken a while for me to truly “get” that these twists and turns make for one amazing ride through this life. In my particularly twisty-turny week last week, I did my best to go with it and to keep moving forward through all of it. I even made up comedy shticks for some of the less pleasant of the twists and turns. I know that once I get past the twists or turns, there is another side, so it is just a matter of moving through.
The twists and turns were simply twists and turns. I didn’t allow myself to put more meaning or more energy into any of them. Instead, I remained focused on what I needed to accomplish each day and figured out ways to amuse myself along the way.
It’s ok that life is twisty-turny as long as living life, as fully as possible, doesn’t stop at the first twist or the first turn.