“It occurred to me that if I were a ghost, this ambiance was what I’d miss most: the ordinary, day-to-day bustle of the living. Ghosts long, I’m sure, for the stupidest, most unremarkable things.”
― Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake
I think we all want to be remembered. It must be written in our subconscious or part of our DNA, but we have a common need to be noticed and remembered.
These days that need has catapulted into something more extravagant; almost everyone wants to be famous. Between social media, reality TV and the news it seems like just about everyone has some claim to fame these days. And if they don’t already have a claim to fame they can quickly get one; or so it seems.
I noticed this in myself on Friday, while I was scrolling down through my Facebook newsfeed and came across a picture on Jen Hatmaker’s Facebook page (if you aren’t familiar with Jen Hatmaker you can check her blog out here). She was standing with other writers; one of which happened to be Glennon Melton Doyle – and if you don’t know who she is check out her blog here. And if you do know who they are; I know you felt like I did. I was knee-deep in envy. I so wanted to be in that picture!
I thought about this a lot since Friday. I started out thinking about how I want so desperately to be a well-known author. But the more I thought it about it, the more silly it seemed to HAVE to be extraordinary. To have to be famous or how much that even counts really. So many things have become so OVER the TOP extraordinary these days that maybe there is something to just being ORDINARY.
For instance, you can’t even get into a four-year college any more without being a 4.2 valedictorian, concert pianist, who also happens to volunteer twice a week at the local convalescent home and lettered in field hockey.
Our young kids are so over scheduled with soccer, guitar, language lessons, extracurricular math programs and robotics camps on top of school in the hopes that they will be extraordinary, they don’t even know what it is like to just play.
I think we have forgotten how extraordinary it is to be ORDINARY; to sit content in the daily hustle and bustle of our average lives and find peace in that. We are so busy trying to be someone famous and special that we have forgotten that we are already special to begin with.
I think I would much rather be the voice of the ordinary, the voice of being content with what we have, the reminder for all of us that we are already extraordinary because we are unique and have our own personalized God Given Gifts than one of the extraordinary that HAS to be famous.
There is so much beauty in our lives already that we don’t have to add fame and flash and paparazzi to make a difference or be remembered. We just have to be ourselves and open our eyes to what we are already doing every day.
To find comfort in the simple beautiful moments of laughter, goodnight kisses, a job well done, a phone call from a friend, fresh-cut flowers, a warm bed and clean sheets to sleep in.
Or for example, letting our little ones pick their own clothes, so they can express their independence…
Our remembering that one little love story created something magical…
Or watching the world through a child’s eyes…
Or just remembering to look at the beauty of the world around us…
It is definitely what is in the small stuff that is going to be remembered and cherished. So after much thought; I don’t want to be in that Jen Hatmaker picture any more. I would much rather be the girl I am; whose life is ordinary and filled with small, magical extraordinary moments.
Your ordinary friend,
4 thoughts on “I think what I would miss most is the ordinary, day-to-day bustle”
This is so beautiful Michelle – and for what it’s worth I am so glad you aren’t famous (although one day it just might happen because the world needs to see your huge light) because I love that you are 30 mins away whenever I need a great big hug and some little kid kisses. I don’t want you to lose how true and honest you are, which I think happens with fame. I love how you enjoy the little things – it makes life more precious and meaningful.
I feel so lucky to be a nanny (huge thanks to you for that one 😉 because I feel like I’m forced to constantly see the world through little eyes with HUGE lenses. Whether it’s a baby finding out they have toes that can be grabbed and sucked on as they please, or a 9 year old who just wants to explain the ins and outs of Minecraft to you – life is made up of moments and without noticing the small ones and cherishing them to remember and make you smile later on, what’s the point?
I love you!! Thank for you being you and letting me join your family so I can add some of those small meaningful moments to my memory bank 🙂
I love you, Bella. I am so thankful that you are part of our family.
You are meant to work with children. Every family is lucky to have someone as special as you helping raise their child.
You are not ordinary, you are very special, but I know the point of your blog. You are so right by the way. Those ladies would be lucky to be in a picture with you. Your ordinary Dad!
Love ya! Thank you!!!