I completely stole this concept from Penelope Trunk. I think of it anytime I find myself wishing I had something someone else has.
The secret is this: You can’t want just one thing from someone’s life. You have to want their whole life.
The point is that it’s easy to envy that globetrotting family if you don’t look at the whole picture. You have to want an inconsistent, not-guaranteed income (perhaps). You have to want a whole lotta time with your kids and no date nights with your spouse. You have to want to be away from the rest of your family and friends. You have to want true unpredictability.
You have to also want that guy and those kids, and who knows what they’re really like. You have to want her personality, and who knows what she’s really like. You have to want her life experience, and who knows what that includes. You have to want to actually be her (or him).
And if I think about actually being someone else, I recognize how very happy I am to be me.
Enjoy all that it means to be YOU living YOUR LIFE this week.
P.S. If you’re not happy with who you are or the life you’re living, we can change that. Seriously. Schedule an introductory coaching consult with me here and let’s make a plan.