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C'est la Vie: Crazy Garage Guy

There is a house in our neighborhood at which the husband is almost constantly cleaning out the garage. I wish I was exaggerating, but my best guess is that at a minimum he is cleaning out the garage once a week (more in the summer for sure). He takes everything out, vacuums, paints, scrubs, organizes. This garage is the most cared for garage ever known to mankind. And the worst part? Every time I drive by I feel guilty.

I probably should feel guilty for the way I judge him and the names I call him in my head ("crazy garage guy"), but mostly I feel guilty that a small child could get lost in the mess that is our garage. I wish I had time to sweep, scrub, and otherwise organize my garage. I wish it was painted and had beautiful cabinetry. But then I ask myself two questions: if I really had the time and money is that how I would want to spend it? And secondly (perhaps most importantly) how much do I really care about how clean my garage is?

This is what I mean. You probably have things like this in your life too that make you think you are not doing enough. It may not be a crazy garage guy, but maybe it's always-manicured-finger lady or 8am-on-a-Saturday-morning-gardening-guy or annoyingly-consistent-jogger-lady. I think you get the picture. It's human nature to compare ourselves to others, and whether we love it or hate it, we have to come to terms with it.

I will never be the person with the you-could-eat-off-the-floor garage (nor will any floor in my house ever fit that description). It's not because I don't care about keeping my home clean, but because I choose to spend my time on other things that I love. Instead, you'll find me gardening or writing, or hiking with my kids or lounging on the couch with my hubby, coffee in hand. These are things that I love. This is how I want to spend my time. So remember to live your life for the things that matter to you. Don't let your perception of others skew what you know is best for you and your family. You only get one chance at life and I'm not going to waste it in the garage.

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