We’re never done. With anything. Ever. It’s an interesting life lesson a couple of older, wiser friends were discussing last week. They said they were in their 50s before they figured that one out. Then, on my way home that day, I spotted the sign pictured here, which hit the nail on the head: “The Road to Success is Always Under Construction.”
I don’t know about you, but I hate not finishing things. I’m a list-maker by nature. I like to make my lists, check things off, feel a sense of completion and move on to the next thing. It can be a source of frustration for me when the list never seems to get shorter or when delving into one project unveils four more. Realistically, though, we’re never done — not for work goals, house repairs, self-improvement, relationships, raising kids, staying fit, helping others or myriad other parts and pieces of life. Work evolves, houses age, muscles sag, mowed lawns grow back, kids still need their parents after college, new needs arise.
I think realizing that we are never done may actually be one of the keys to success and happiness. We have to learn to be comfortable with the incompleteness of every moment and every day, and just enjoy the ride. Just like going through a construction zone; if you can’t change how long it will take to pass through, you might as well just take a deep breath and take in the sights along the way.