make even the hard things easy and light

When I worked at Milliman, I used to get into semi-shouting matches with Sam about Caitlin Flanagan. Since then, the Atlantic has proven again and again its ability to deliver shock value.

2008: single with child >>> existential crisis
Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough

2011: single without child >>> existential crisis
All the Single Ladies

2012: married with child >>> existential crisis
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

I read the articles. I wondered if I should be having an existential crisis (again). Then I remembered Bernd Arnold: “In climbing, your motivation changes with age. These days, I’m motivated to make even the hard things easy and light. The lightness is what I enjoy the most.”

It’s amazing that we live in a world where it’s acceptable to be single with child, single without child, married with child and married without child. (Maybe the last option is the happiest because it involves two people who are capable of coming together and deciding that they don’t want something!) All options are hard (in different ways). Life is hard. #firstworldproblems I look forward to meeting greater challenges with greater grace. (Turning 30 in 220 days!)


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