The thing about

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The thing about anxiety is that it never really leaves your side; you just find ways to coexist in the same plane together

The thing about being socially awkward is that you can go a long stretch of time without incident and then BAM! Foot-in-Mouth strikes again and you’re back to being weird

The thing about Sundays is that you spend the day thinking about the week ahead and mindfulness flies straight out the window

The thing about travel is that there will always be new and exciting places to explore

The thing about infertility is that the longing never stops and the worry is relentless

The thing about sleeplessness is that sometimes you find yourself in bed narrating entire conversations–both real and fictional versions of what actually happened

The thing about dogs is you’ll never tire of seeing your best friend greet you like you’re the only thing in this world that matters

The thing about family is you can’t kill ’em and you certainly can’t live without them, despite what you might think (especially during large family gatherings)

The thing about uncertainty is that it strips you of comfort at the exact moment that you kick off your shoes and settle in

The thing about friendship is sometimes you have to say goodbye to the best ones and you learn to live with that hole in your heart forever

The thing about relationships is that you’ll experience the highest highs and most crushing lows in the span of a week and you’ll wonder how people stay married forever. And then your person makes you laugh from the depths of your soul and you remember The Why

The thing about time is there’s never enough, and sometimes you just don’t give a shit about productivity hacks and making more with less

The thing about me is that I’m actually capable of much more than I’ll ever credit myself for

I’ve had this draft in my Google Notes for a while now but it never felt ready to share. Today I remembered that sometimes there is no ready, and certainly no perfect, and THAT realization is immensely gratifying. Happy hump day, all 🙂

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19 Comments… add one
Beth July 19, 2017, 10:32 AM

The thing about this post is that there is so much truth in all of your words and it just makes me love you all the more.
Seriously, I love posts like this, sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out and it feels good when you do. I relate to a few these, especially the one about friendships and saying goodbye. And the one about anxiety. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us. XOXO

Emily July 19, 2017, 11:03 AM

Love this post! I can relate to a few of these things especially the ones about family, friendships, and uncertainty.

Nicole July 19, 2017, 11:03 AM

The thing about friends is that they’re always a phone call, text, or email away, whenever you need them.

Love you, bunny.

Kim Airhart July 19, 2017, 11:15 AM

I just love this post so deeply. You truly are a gift. I am blessed to have met you through the blogosphere.
I can relate to everything you said. The one that stand out to me is
“The thing about relationships is that you’ll experience the highest highs and most crushing lows in the span of a week and you’ll wonder how people stay married forever. And then your person makes you laugh from the depths of your soul and you remember The Why”
It’s a rollercoaster at times but I never want to step off.

Joey (BTaC Blog) July 19, 2017, 11:57 AM

I spend a lot of sleepless nights going back over conversations I’ve had during the day. If I analyze my every word closely enough, I can always find something dumb I’ve said. For a while, I avoided being around more than a half dozen people at a time because a party’s worth of conversations would keep me awake at night for a solid week.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all have our stuff. And you’re exactly right that there is no “perfect.” And dogs are the best.

ShootingStarsMag July 19, 2017, 1:20 PM

I LOVE this post and I can relate to so much of it. I’m especially fond of the one about dogs because I love just watching my dog – like when you watch babies.

And I totally get the social awkward/anxiety ones too. I have general anxiety, but mostly social anxiety.

-Lauren

Bashfully Bold July 19, 2017, 1:31 PM

“The thing about friendship is sometimes you have to say goodbye to the best ones and you learn to live with that hole in your heart forever” — I feel this hole every damn day of my life — I swear it’s worse than a romantic break up. You have nailed this one perfectly my lovely friend xxx

Karen July 19, 2017, 5:09 PM

Truth. Thank you for sharing something so personal. I can relate to so many of the things you’ve said.

For What It’s Worth

San July 19, 2017, 7:34 PM

What a great post. I loved those truths… and I might have to bookmark and steal the idea for another time! 🙂

Tamara July 19, 2017, 8:18 PM

Wow. The thing is, I relate to all of this! Well, most anyway.
The anxiety one is a strange beast.
xoxo

Lecy | A Simpler Grace July 19, 2017, 9:38 PM

There is so much here I can relate to and so many truths! I love this post, friend! <3

Anthea July 20, 2017, 7:48 AM

Love this post. Can totally relate to foot-in-mouth and narrating whole conversations – frustrating but difficult to let go of. I always think of the perfect answer (or retort to be more accurate) hours later when it is too late.
Thank you for sharing such a personal post with us.
xx

Nikki July 20, 2017, 4:47 PM

I love this post! Your truth and honesty are so refreshing today! Sending <3

lisa thomson July 20, 2017, 7:39 PM

I loved this, Charlotte. So witty and wise. I especially like “The thing about time is there’s never enough, and sometimes you just don’t give a shit about productivity hacks and making more with less” So true. The conversations going through one’s mind in the middle of the night—I’ve been there all too often.

Akaleistar July 20, 2017, 8:34 PM

So glad you shared this! There is so much truth in this post.

Lindsay July 21, 2017, 7:36 AM

Isn’t it wiild the rollercoaster ride that relationships are and can be?
You’re absolutely right about families – you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family and sometimes, man does it make it hard to love them. We are struggling deeply with Jeff’s father and we are just so disgusted and disappointed in his behaviour.
You’re also absolutely right about our beloved best friends. It never tires walking in the door or simply seeing their sweet faces that floods us with all those feel good feelings and happy endorphins.
Love you momma! Xo

StephTheBookworm July 21, 2017, 10:37 AM

UM, are we soul sisters?! Because I seriously could have written at LEAST half of these myself. The TTC thing, the anxiety, the dog, the social awkwardness, and the sleeplessness and replaying conversations. All me, all the time. Love and hugs, my friend. <3

Kimberly July 21, 2017, 1:11 PM

The thing about hitting publish is that you open the door to conversation – even though you open your heart and you’re afraid, people connect to your story.
It heals.
I’m glad that you published this. Breathe.
PS. I said goodbye to a best friend because it was toxic. Almost 2 years ago. Then I wrote a blog post just a week or so ago about that relationship. She kept reading my blog apparently. She contacted me and now we are going on a breakfast date. Sometimes bridges don’t burn completely. We will see.
xoxoxo

Karen Peterson July 27, 2017, 4:59 PM

Life is so hard. But it’s also worth it. But it’s hard.

That’s why we need connection. With friends. With family. With furpeople. It’s all so vital.

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