Hello, party people!
I don’t know what got me started thinking about this but I don’t think I’ve ever been in a natural disaster. I’ve been in the middle of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and one plague of locusts but nothing that had ever caused massive devastation so I wouldn’t classify them as natural disasters since nothing was destroyed to a large degree.
I guess my experiences with potentially disastrous natural phenomena has left me a little disappointed because I never got the chance to be in those situations so I was never “tested” to see what I would do.
This is why I become so enthused when inclement weather is on the way, “finally! Something is going to happen!” But nothing of consequence ever does.
The last event that held the most potential was an earthquake.
I felt the building shake and I thought nothing of it. “It’s just a passing 18-wheeler,” I thought. The shaking didn’t stop so I got up and looked out the window. I was very confused and I didn’t realized I was in any danger until I saw the glass walls of neighboring buildings ripple like water, then I and everyone else got the fuck out of there.
There were no earthquake evacuation procedures so clearly no one had a clue as to where to go. Initially we took shelter in a parking structure but we thought it would collapse so we took to the streets where we could be crushed by multiple buildings.
Eventually I learned it was just an earthquake. I was extremely disappointed because I had already built up this idea in my head that it was a monster attack. I was waiting for Godzilla to come crashing through the buildings like in those old movies where a guy in a dinosaur costume would clumsily waddle through impressive-looking models of cities and towns.
I still hold onto hope that we do see our first monster attack soon. With all of the naturally occurring threats in the world that are not weather-related (read: viruses, bacteria, other pathogens) I think it’s just as likely that some beast will bring about the end of the world before something like a planet-wide cataclysmic flow does.
Greetings my beautiful fans! You know, I am so fortunate to have been blessed with the best readers in the entire world. Thank you, each and every one of you, for choosing to spend your time here with me and my thoughts. I know there are a million things you could be doing at this very moment and the fact that you’re sitting there reading this is really life-affirming.
And isn’t that what we all want? Some approval that our existence has been worthwhile all this time? Someone to tell you what an awesome job you’re doing at being you and to shoo away all the self-doubt and everyone else’s judgy opinions?
I’ll admit that even I needed a bit of help in the existential department.
I’ve made more than my share of bad decisions in life and while none have ever come back to haunt me I used to think back and wonder what kind of person I was to have been able to reach those decisions. I used to think back and agonize over it.
It got rough for a brief patch. Every week my conscious would tear my ego to pieces and every week I’d be an emotionally exhausted pink pulp but I eventually learned to see through my own insecurities and bullshit. I was able to free myself from the past and learn from it so that I can make the me of tomorrow even better… and I think I’m doing really well at it.
I’ve since adopted a clearer, better perspective on things and my ego constantly threatens to devour the sun.
OK. I may not be 100% well adjusted (who is?), but I’m happy with me!
Hey, Party People!!
I bet some of you thought this day would never arrive, but it did, and I, for one, cannot think, at this moment, in any other way, shape, or form, of what more I can do to get more commas into this sentence…, Shirley.
In all seriousness, though, I’m grateful to everyone’s support for helping me get through the week. I do this crazy “blog” thing not for myself but for people like you. I like being able to [possibly] entertain the one or two people who manage to make it through my drivel on a semi-irregular basis. So to those few souls: thanks and thanks.
Right now I’m wondering what the weekend has in store. If last weekend was any indication then there is a strong possibility that the consumption of mass quantities will continue. If I’m not too lazy to clean the grill then a block party may be in order!
Hey Party People!
Welcome to the middle of the work week!! Yes, my friends, we have collectively bit, scratched, clawed, and possibly bled to get this far but we are finally at the top of the hill and what lies before us is the downhill free-fall that ends at the blissful moment that occurs every Friday afternoon when you step outside of your own personal hell and take your first breath of freedom in five days.
Stay strong, people, the sweet taste of relief is on the horizon! We need only put forth all our effort into surviving the next two and a half days and we’ll be home free!
In the meantime, here are some survival tips that should help you nimbly avoid the land mines and sprint through the foxholes of the remainder of your work week:
Maintain a positive attitude
If you give yourself or other people misery you’re only making your work day feel like a massive chore and the rest of your day will feel like forever.
By keeping yourself on task and productive will help you feel accomplished, possibly for the first time this week, and you can ride that wave until quittin’ time.
Go somewhere for lunch
A change of scenery will help by giving you some separation from that which brings you dread and you can use the hour to destress before going headlong into your afternoon.
Drink plenty of water
It’s always important to stay hydrated.
This goes with the whole happy-positive attitude. Helping others out will reward you with a nice warm, fuzzy feeling.
Look on the bright side
Even if nothing else goes right today or for the rest of the week, it’s completely on you to maintain your attitude and to try to look for the best of things in the current situation. If you can’t find happy then make happy!
Don’t stress over being late
If you’re late then you’re late. Accept it, deal with it and don’t let it get you bent out of shape! It’s more important to be prepared, in a good mood and late than frazzled, mad and not-so-late.
I hope these tips helps out at least one of you out there. Remember, life is too short to be miserable even for a minute and each and every one of us only gets one shot at making the most of our flicker of existence on this big, blue marble. It all comes down to how you choose to live, because really, if you want to be happy then choose to be happy!