When you’re a New Yorker, you have to learn how to balance.

Balance your primal need for nature/stars with your very human desire to be shoulder to shoulder with people you have no intention of communicating with. Balance six bags if groceries five blocks and three flights of stairs while digging out your keys without sending produce flying everywhere. Balance on the subway so you don’t end up in a homeless man’s lap. Balance the fact that you live within walking distance of the best pizza in the world with the fact that you don’t want to be obese. Balance your love of the bright shiny lights of Times Square with your unadulterated hatred of tourists who walk too slowly.

Even your outfits have to be balanced – somehow, you have to dress for walking a mile in 80 degree heat and for an office kept as cold as a walk-in freezer. Or, in the winter, you have to dress for walking a mile in below freezing winds and for a subway that could double as a sauna.

Though, balance isn’t something that’s unique to New York. I’m sure that no matter where you are, you have to balance business and pleasure, having fun and being able to pay your rent, your growing pile of dirty clothes and your abhorrence for doing laundry.

It gets stressful sometimes, you feel like picking up one thing will make you drop another.  You don’t want to take on too much but you want to do it all. Sometimes you put something down to help even things out, but then you forget about it.  You stumble across it later under a layer of dust and have to decide if you can pick it back up again. Have to decide if it will steady you or if it will make you tip over.

You also have to balance the people in your life. Figure out who’s making it harder to stand tall. Decide who’s pulling you down when they stumble and can’t balance, as opposed to those who just need a little lift here and there. Discover who will be there when you need a shoulder to keep you from toppling.

It’s not about right or wrong, it’s not ‘not enough’ or ‘too much’. It’s just all about balance.

I think Dr. Suess said it best…and caps it off with his signature dose of optimism.

Be certain you step with caution and tact, ’cause life is one great big balancing act! And will you succeed? You will, yes indeed! Ninety eight and three quarters percent guaranteed!

~ by Valerie Anne on 11/05/2012.

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