Everything is a colossal shitshow of a dumpster fire, and everyone on all the social medias is pissed off, and, I get it. I get it all. Stand up, sit down, do the hokey pokey for all I care, I love you all and will be okay with however you choose to live your life.
Unless you are one of those freaks who posts videos with titles like, “Ramsey the Chihuahua was wandering the streets of Mumbai and was mowed down by 17 cars, WATCH THE ACTUAL FOOTAGE HERE, before we show you some amazeballs foster dog Mom Karen who adopted him while on her own Eat Pray Love excursion and now he’s living a very lovely, albeit prosthetically enhanced life in Idaho, on a ranch, with a chicken best friend.” Then? Then, no. You might as well offer my kids heroin because that’s just criminal, those videos. I’ll watch slasher movies all day long, but the animals? DON’T HURT THE ANIMALS.
Goodness, the tangents around here. Anyhoo…
Tomorrow is my birthday, and no I’m not ashamed to admit I’m turning forty freaking two. Whoever told me turning 40 and beyond would suck really needs their life compass retooled because my 40’s, so far, have rocked. Of course, now that I say that, that serial pooper lady will somehow find her way into my driveway or even worse, so let’s all collectively knock on wood. I started my celebration early, today, with a woman I met through work who invited me to join her on a walk. I only knew a little about her, but while we walked, she shared with me her journey through surviving breast cancer, mourning the loss of a friend who recently took his own life, and a host of other odds and ends. By the 3.5 mile mark, we’d become friends. I took a chance and the payoff was a new exercise buddy who made me laugh and think.
The world is crazytown right now, and that’s hard. For my birthday, I want everyone in my little circle to do something nice. For someone else, or yourself. Donate to a cause. Help folks affected by a hurricane. Practice some self-care. Get a coffee at 3pm because you can. Compliment a stranger. Compliment your wife. Put down your goddamned phone, walk outside, let the sunshine hit your face, and take a walk. If it’s raining, take a walk anyway, because like my Mom used to say, “You’re not gonna melt, you’re not that sweet!” You guys would love my Mom.
Come on back tomorrow and tell me what you did. I’m hoping I’ll figure out something fantastic, but I may just settle for less knee jerk horn honking, possibly an earlier bed time, maybe some cake, and call that shit a WIN.