Photo taken by Ekstasy Vine - Julie watching the sunset in Sounio, Greece, 2016
There is an arguable topic that presents a good example of the conflicting feelings of "being ready". It's having kids. One side of the argument regarding being ready for children is to first make more money, get finances in order, build a savings, and get some fun and travel "out of the way". The other side of this argument suggests that no matter what you do to get ready, there will always be something not quite in place to proceed with having children. I think most people try to find a happy medium between those two sides of the debate, ultimately re-defining this type of readiness as developing a responsible and sustainable situation rather than achieving big goals within limited time.
I think this discussion of "getting ready for children" is a good example of how unstable and unpredictable the feeling of "readiness" can be.
It can be overwhelming to ask the question, "Are you ready?"
It's a heavy beast to carry around, especially if you are asking it of yourself.
I sat next to an Iraqi man on the plane last week. It was going to be a long flight home from halfway around the world. We exchanged gentle "Hello's" as he took his seat, and I asked, "Are you leaving home or going home?" It was established that we were both headed home to Denver, Colorado.
Hello, I'm Julie.
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