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Here is a list of things you can be awesome at: being a good friend, being the best at whatever your day job is, marriage and dating relationships, spirituality, keeping a home, parenting, caring for loved ones, automobile-maintenance. There are other things that could go on this list, I’m sure – feel free to add them, because yes! They are also possible. To be awesome at everything, as far as I can tell, there are two ways. Please read through the options below and choose the one that you believe will serve you best.

Option One
This option will allow you to be everything to everyone, all the time. You can do it! Here’s how:

1. Do not sleep more than 2 hours per night.
2. Forget to eat. When you do eat, choose whatever is fastest and easiest, and only when you have to.
3. Cut back on hygiene, privacy, and any reading you may be doing.
4. Say yes to everything anyone asks from you.
5. When something bad happens, take the blame immediately and strive to keep whatever it was from happening again even if it’s technically “not your business.”

So much can be accomplished by cutting down on the amount of time you spend frittering away on yourself. I would estimate that this method would be sustainable for 2-4 weeks at least. Maybe more if you don’t mind a little burn-out and adrenal fatigue!

Option Two
This option is the one that makes you shake your fist at me for tricking you into reading an article about living a “balanced” life. I understand. But you’ve come this far, so hang in there!

1. Identify your “everything.” There are some things, such as relationships, that will require you. Other things can be outsourced (see related: automobile maintenance. See also: safety first), and still more things may not be crucial at this time of your life. Decide what matters now and respond accordingly.
2. Take care of yourself. For some of us, this is a lesson that must be learned, relearned and learned again…and then learned once more for good measure. If you are able to physically operate (with the help of good sleep, appropriate eating and exercise) then everything you do, no matter if it’s work or facebook, will be so much easier to accomplish, and will get done quicker because you will be moving purposefully with focus, instead of meandering through a fog of fatigue.
3. Make peace with this thought: sometimes “balance” looks like a juggling act. As the juggler, you choose which ball goes in the air, and how much energy you will spend changing up your routine. Even if you are not awesome at everything simultaneously, you can be awesome at that thing then. And other things in their time.
4. Maintain a healthy perspective – on your friends and on yourself. You cannot do everything. You do not have to try. Additionally, everything cannot possibly be your fault, although some things may be. Own what belongs to you and move on.
5. Get acupuncture and take your herbs. Sometimes life can fling you out of whack, physically and/or mentally. When that happens, there is no shame in getting help at putting yourself back aright. You can trust me on this: I’m not only a practitioner, I’m also a patient.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” -A.A. Milne



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