I was up early this morning thinking about extremes. A few weeks ago, my brand new puppy only ever wanted to sleep and cuddle. She was a little bundle of loves and dreams. Now, she only ever wants to play - and bite - and chew. That is it! All the time. From one end of the pendulum swung to the next. Isn't that just how it is to be young? It takes a lot of time for that pendulum to slow down - to just sit someplace in the middle without a ton of energy bounding inside dying to propel it one way and then back the next. In fact, it takes somewhere between 20 and 30 years for most of us.... maybe 40.
Whenever I find myself in this uncomfortable spot, wanting to swing out one way or the other, but knowing that I can't always draw clear lines or create clean cuts, in that moment I remind myself that maturity means learning to be centered, to feel good even when you can't have extremes, to choose patience and hope even when you feel more gravity than energy.