As you may know, I have a new puppy. His name is Darcy. Yes, I know that is a girl’s name now, but he was named after Mr. Darcy, see. DH named him, which I think is very cool.
Anyway, we got this puppy about 6 weeks ago. He is getting big already. Bigger than I expected. I thought Border Collies were medium sized dogs, but he is aiming to be on the big side of medium. But this blog isn’t about puppies. It is about experiences making you remember prior experiences, and making you wonder how the heck you managed so well in the past compared to today.
This puppy is a lot of work. He requires a lot of time. He needs to be trained, etc etc etc etc etc. I get to do most of it. And he is EXHAUSTING ME. He is ALWAYS THERE. Just like my past puppies. Just like my kids when they were toddlers.
How the heck did I do it? Where did I find the energy?
I know the answer, of course. I just did. Some things you don’t think about. You just do it.
When we look at lives from the outside, we often wonder, “How do they do it?” Maybe it is a family that takes care of an ill relative or member, or a disabled person managing in an inhospitable world. Maybe it is a woman who found herself taking care of six children who are not her own. We try to picture ourselves in their shoes and we can’t. Surely they were born with powers of patience, energy, and instincts we don’t have. But if you ask them about it, often you just get a shrug. You just do it, they will say.
Sometimes it is not that serious— it is someone agreeing to do something that they don’t really have to do and that common sense says they should decline doing. Like getting a new puppy and dealing with the pee and poop when, really, the new puppy days could be over.
I have about 5 things in my life that were serious “You just do it” things and a lot more that were not so serious “You just do it” things. Among the former were, and continue to be, writing the books. Among the latter is Mr. Darcy.
Do you have any You Just Do It things in your life, now or in the past? Serious or not so serious?
What was the most impressive You Just Do It thing you have seen anyone do?