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Being an adult is like folding a fitted sheet

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

I saw this on a sign outside a business and laughed out loud.

It’s true, nobody is always good at life – you just try your best and get better over time. Hopefully you learn to be easier on yourself.

I remember being a kid and thinking that everyone knew something I didn’t. Everyone else seemed to know what was going on and I had no clue. I thought my older sisters and parents were caught up on what life was about and that I was just slow.

I remember not catching on when my dad was trying to help me with math homework. He got so frustrated with me. I also felt bad when my piano teacher looked at me like I was dense when she was trying to teach me about music theory.

I know now that I learn differently than some. I am not auditory and when concepts are told to me, they don’t always register. I’m like a small child, in that when people spell a word longer than 4 letters I get lost! I’m more visual and need to be shown. If I see something written down I can remember it easily.

As an adult I still feel like the world is moving too fast – and it seems to be going faster with all the input we have from the internet and tv.

It’s hard to keep up or feel like we measure up. Try not to "should" on yourself! You should do this, be that, look this way...

I’ve learned that nobody knows everything, and we all have different strengths. I’m good at what I’m good at and always try to keep improving. It seems I learn best by making mistakes first!

Some of us move slower and need to be ok with taking our time to process what we’re seeing. I’ve learned to limit my exposure to news and instant information so that I’m not overwhelmed. I try to focus on what’s important to me and not delve into every headline.

Looking at people’s perfect social media posts can make one feel less than. But we don’t need to compete or feel that our lives need to be perfect. I treasure my life. I am rich in friends, family and everything I could need. I have had a career that makes me feel valued and helpful. That’s really all I ever wanted.

I know there’s still a lot to learn, new things to try and places to visit and absorb. I want to get better at gardening, writing, volunteering and see every US national park.

I saw Martha Stewart demonstrate how to fold a fitted sheet once and it’s not that hard. Mine don’t turn out as straight as hers did, but nobody cares!

Go look in my linen closet and tell me I’m not good enough. You’re entitled to your opinion – but I’m not going to worry about measuring up to anyone else’s standards.

My opinion and standards are the only ones I need to care about.

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