Welp, I missed a few days of blogging. Nice! Failing New Year’s Resolutions already, I see…
where’d you go?
I’m about to go to bed, no joke. Its 8:45p and I’m beyond tired – I’ve been working non-stop for the past few days on a project that turned out to be a complete bust/waste of my time so that’s a bit of a downer. My neck is out (possibly from running the other morning? Or the quick youtube pilates video the night before) and the house is cold/we’re out of firewood so the heater is struggling as its literally no degrees Fahrenheit right now. Let me play my tiny violin with extreme sorrow…
school of hard knocks
This all got me thinking that there are a few things I think they should really teach in school (I’m not talking about reading/maths here). In no particular order –
- How to make friends with strangers. Its funny because you really use/practice this skill the first day of kindergarten, the first day of junior high, and the first day of high school and that’s about it. The rest of the time, you know at least a few people in each class and can just stick by them. I am absolutely crap at making new friends; it is exhausting to me and makes me really anxious. I wish I was better at it tho, as only having a handful of people in my life feels a bit lonely sometimes.
- How to set goals and achieve them (ahem). I don’t really remember anything in school that actually taught us how to make plans and how to stick to them. Yes, we were asked to do projects and manage our time properly, and if we didn’t do it, there were consequences, but no one ever specifically said, ‘Hey! Here are some really good tips to make sure you remember to feed your dogs/take your medicine/exercise every day.’
- How to handle spending a lot of time/effort/money on something that doesn’t work out. I feel like this one happens to me a lot – to be honest, it was jewelry class that taught me the most about investing money, time, and my heart into something only to have it fall to pieces/blow up/disappear/break. But even after the most crushing meltdown (literally, ha), those ‘devastating tragedies’ were small change compared to what life can throw at you. Sometimes I feel like I shut down on things prematurely because I’m scared that they ‘might’ not work – I see others get so blindly excited about every little opportunity life has to offer them and I wish I could share their joy/optimism more freely.
- No drugs!! This one is just an observation (unless Prosecco counts?), but I always thought it was crazy that drug education really hit it hard in 5th grade (?!) and then petered out by the beginning of high school. My fairly well-to-do high school was full of kids abusing Adderall (and basically getting rewarded for it), which then turned into pot and into binge drinking and into more adult issues like pain killers, alcohol, anti-depressants and, in the occasional case, Class A drugs. So they weren’t doing anything extreme when they were 16, but look where it led them and who is there to help now?
- How to buy groceries before you run out of food and actually eat all the food you buy before it goes off. Holy cow why is this one so hard? I just threw out an entire pint of milk, 3 yoghurts, a fancy bag of mixed salad, half a wheel-thing of Brie, a moldy, unopened block of beautiful English cheese from my home-town, a mummified lemon, and 2 cartons of half and half. And that’s just food that showed up after Christmas.
- How to build a fire out of lint and old shelves. Yes, its that cold. Time to go curl up in bed with a hot toddy and catch up on my current book, which is lovely so far but I’m having a tough time ‘getting into’.
I promise I will be more organized and have a real post with pictures and all that ready for tomorrow evening.