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This Too Shall Pass

10 Feb

new tattoo

This past Friday, I got a new tattoo on my foot that says “This too shall pass”. The woman who works on my tattoos, Michelle, asked me “are you going through a hard time right now or something?” and I answered “Nope. Actually, life feels pretty perfect right now.”

Well let me tell you a little something about this tattoo & the sequence of events that followed after getting this thing. “This too shall pass” was exactly what I was telling myself while I was sitting in the chair getting it because DAMN did it hurt… worse than my ribcage, which, surprisingly, was like getting tickled next to this. After I got it, I was told that I can only wear the slip-on shoes that have open tops so it doesn’t rub on the tattoo- fair enough (I’ve been doing well until yesterday, when the snow started dumping).

Saying that life felt perfect was pretty much a jinx to myself, if you believe in such a thing. In that same night alone someone stepped on my newly-inked foot, I got in a huge argument with a friend & experienced a series of other unpleasant social interactions. By the time I’d returned home, I wondered to myself “I haven’t had more than I can usually handle to drink. Why is this hitting me so hard & why do I feel so crappy?” All I had to do was wait less than 24 hours later to have that question answered. I was at work the following evening when I suddenly ran to the bathroom & got sick- hellooooo FLU! Wish I’d known that before I’d decided to go out.

Now here’s a good lesson for everyone. We’ve all heard the phrase “To assume is to make an ass out of you and me”. It’s incredibly true. I assumed that my life was perfect because that’s how it was feeling at the time- it most certainly is not. I assumed that my weak stomach Friday night was just nerves or stress about something. The argument with that friend happened because she assumed I wanted something that I didn’t. As a result of that night, other things have been assumed about me that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The question we have to ask ourselves after we’ve presumed untrue things is “Can I admit that I’m wrong?” and also “Can I take responsibility for that & try to correct it?” If you can’t answer ‘yes’ to these, then you’re shortchanging yourself and often, someone else too. Where does that leave me after all this? I hope for all good things but regardless, ‘this too shall pass’, obladi, oblada & so on : )

'this too shall pass'... as everything does.

“There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama & the people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard you forget the bad & focus solely on the good. After all, life’s too short to be anything but happy.”


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2009

30 Dec

I know. I’ve been horrible and negligent to my blog. My excuses: finals & winter break. Between studying & family, I haven’t had much available time to update. But here I am now! Since tomorrow is New Years Eve, I’ve found myself reflecting on the past year, as I’m sure many others are as well. It’s been tough- more challenging, heartbreaking and difficult than probably any other year of my life & I’ll be glad to see it pass. However, keeping that in mind, I think I’ve learned more about myself & what I do/don’t want in my life in this year than any other previous one. For that, I’m thankful.

I’ve composed a list of things, observations & ideas that I’ve learned and want to remember from this year. I can’t wait to see how 2010 adds to it and transforms the things already present on my list.

  • Just because the chips might be whole grain and the cheese is a source of calcium, nachos are still not a healthy snack.
  • Secondhand books are just as good as brand-new ones. Maybe better.
  • Your intuition is with you for a reason. Trust it & it will serve you well.
  • If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then take 1,000 pictures & more. Leave yourself & others with as many thoughts and memories as you can.
  • Yes, for you and most other people, your waist size is bigger than it was in high school. It’s supposed to be like that so stop obsessing. (but please, stay healthy.)
  • When you watch your younger siblings have an attitude & act like little punks, you may say “GOSH, I would never have talked/acted like that.”…. Oooohhhh, yes you did.
  • People make enough of their own excuses. There’s no need for you to make more for them.
  • Getting a tattoo, lip piercing & drastic new haircut all within a couple months of each other causes people to think you’re trying to make some kind of statement or undergoing some kind of transformation. Cool it. (& no, I wasn’t trying to do either of those things!)
  • People will only change for themselves & if they want to. Nothing you say or do is going to change someone’s ways. LET ME REPEAT & CLARIFY: YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR BF/GF CHANGE. PEOPLE ONLY CHANGE FOR THEMSELVES!!
  • Does it come with age? Because I’ll never understand how an older person can pour a glass of scotch or sip on straight vodka and not gag.
  • New Moon is just as good the 2nd time around… & the 3rd…
  • Forgiveness may be divine, but sometimes forgetting is just too damn hard.
  • The closer I am to graduating college, the more I am considering joining the Peace Corps & it excites me.
  • There is no elegant-looking purse for going to a social gathering that’s big enough to carry around my big ol’ Nikon.
  • Facebook chat is and always will be the worst instant messaging program ever.
  • Go to New York City. Once you’re there, walk everywhere & find places you love that DON’T have the publicity & big names. Once you’ve done that, then of course go to Rockafellar Center, Ellis Island, etc. (& by the way, hailing my first cab was even more thrilling for me than I thought it would be!)
  • Online window shopping is almost as good as actually buying the stuff you’re looking at. Just remember to X out of that window before you give them your credit card number.
  • Your ex is your ex for a reason. (This goes back to people only changing for themselves) That doesn’t mean, though, that after time, patience & a lot of self-pampering & loving, that you can’t become friends.
  • You can only say ‘yes‘ to favors for so many people before you have to stop and say ‘yes’ to yourself. I’m still trying to learn this one.
  • Bolthouse Farms drinks have some sort of addictive drug in them.
  • Don’t think that cars are watching out for you & your bicycle. Even in Marquette.
  • According to Stuff White People Like, I’m probably one of the whitest people ever.
  • My heritage is German. That doesn’t make me a Nazi, people.
  • No matter how much it sucks, any music sounds a little bit better after a couple gin & tonics.
  • I still want a lemur.
  • No matter what, 2010 HAS to be a great year because of all that I can apply to my life that I’ve learned in this long year.
  • For gosh sakes, guys, BE NICE TO PEOPLE & TREAT OTHERS THE SAME WAY YOU WISH TO BE TREATED!