Have you ever felt that your life was a see saw? One minute you’re up and things are good, and the next minute you’re down and things are not so good. Life is like that. And lately it has been for me. Mostly, the joy I have in writing my stories, reading others’ stories, chatting with my friends online, swimming laps (38 lengths of the pool in 35 minutes yesterday, snap!), and with my husband, etc., outweigh the mundane realities of everyday life.
Then again, those mundane realities are what keep our lives functioning and flourishing:
1) Take my doggies, please. Ha! No really, feeding and walking doggies three times a day and more can be exhausting–or character building, if you want to spin it. When someone or something is so totally dependant upon us, we need to be dependable. We just have to suck it up and get on with it. But then there are the perks–the joy that comes with their wagging tails, them jumping into your arms, and their tongue baths waking you up in the morning. Now now, I’m still talking about our four legged furry friends. *wink*
2) Paying bills is a necessary evil. When you use a service or consume a product, someone had to make it available to you. And whether you have them paid via monthly EFT (electronic funds transfer), check , or credit card, there is the implied notion that you have the money to back those transactions up. Really? You have to have money in your account before you can buy something? How novel! Well, maybe a novella. Ha! At least there are online methods of payment that you can use without needing to write a check, address an envelope, and stick a stamp on said envelope. And Employers’ paychecks seem to be deposited in your checking account only after the payments you have transacted have been deducted from your balance by the bank. This might be referred to as bank kiting. The bank wants to get the maximum amount of money out of you–and the interest on funds held in their bank. So, they find the most complex ways imaginable of transacting business with you–and then charging you more fees for deigning to let you use your own money. I’m not bitter, no, not at all. Ever hear of usury? Well you have now.
3) Water. We drink it, we clean with it, we float in it, we are it. Well, about 57% of our bodies are comprised of water. In the film “Dune”, water was so precious on the desert planet Arrakis that it was their form of currency and the focus of their conservation efforts since their survival depended upon water. And if you’re like me, you have your chilled water bottle at the ready to quench your thirst. Clean drinking water is so plentiful in many countries, that we take it for granted–that it will always be there. But not everyone is so fortunate. And, some communities near oceans have desalinization water plants that take the salt out of water and make it fit to drink.
4) Fresh air. And no ladies, I’m not talking about your husbands or sons–or maybe brothers–who ask you to pull their finger, only to have you regret it later. Frankly, I wish my husband would give me that much warning. At least he aims away from me. Ha! What is it with men after they hit 50? They want to share a status report of their bodily functions with you all the time–aches, pains, wounds, in come and out go, etc. Fellas, we ladies are only interested in one of your bodily functions–and the less talking, the better. *wink* But I digress. As someone who has breathing issues–sleep apnea, bronchitis/asthma, and a previously unknown allergy to propane that alerted everyone else in time to evacuate our building when someone’s science demonstration went awry, and a sensitivity to smelling clothes dryer coils that caught on fire before the smoke alarm could even begin to detect it–there are advantages to being akin to the canary in the coal mine. I’m sure there are. I just need a few minutes to come up with one. Ha!
5) Rationalization. I saved the best for last. Rationalizations are something that we absolutely cannot do without–at least I can’t do without them. I rationalize that by hitting my snooze alarm I am gaining 10 minutes more of precious sleep–forgetting that it will bite me in my tush as I race to get to work later. I rationalize that I miscounted my swim laps–because I was visualizing a certain someone [(right)]–and I should really be ahead. Uh huh. And have I mentioned that there was one muscular hottie at my gym’s pool who warmed up before swimming by doing push ups on the pool deck, right near the stairs? It’s a wonder that I didn’t trip walking into the pool that day. But then if I had tripped, I would only have been admiring the wonders of what nature hath wrought–muscular shoulders and back torso mostly. Sighhhhh!
There you have it. Five seems a good stopping point. The above is no Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs–from basic necessities to realizing your potential. But it will do. Besides, I want to write a little more on my new story. So it makes sense to me to finish my post now. *wink*
So what are some of your favorite rationalizations?
Body Water info was found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_water
Dune and water reference was found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremen
Desalinization/desalination info is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desalination
Canary in the coal mine reference info is found at http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/canary_in_a_coal_mine
Richard Armitage portraying Lee Preston is found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/ColdFeet/ColdFeet5/album/slides/coldfeet_018.html
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs info is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs