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Yesterday I celebrated my 35th birthday, and honestly this isn’t where I thought I would be at this stage in my life. As I prepared mentally for the big day, I started thinking about what I know now that I wish I knew when I was 25 years old. Granted, I’ve gained quite a bit of wisdom over the years, but here are ten things I would have told my younger self:

  1. Just Breathe
  2. Check in with God often
  3. Broken hearts do heal, if you let them
  4. Fake it ’til you make it
  5. It’s okay to be you
  6. You can’t help those who don’t want to help themselves
  7. “They” don’t know what they are talking about
  8. Being perfect doesn’t guarantee a perfect life
  9. Fear will be your biggest competitor
  10. You’re smarter than you think you are

Bonus Tip: Start a shoe savings account now!

Of course, knowing myself when I was 25, I wouldn’t have listened to a word I had to say, Seriously?

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I hate to admit it but I love reality TV. I enjoy the sneak peek into other people’s daily lives, turbulent relationships and fascinating careers. The job programs are the most interesting to me. I had no idea there was such a position as an Ice Road Trucker, and I have always secretly wished I could be a top chef, house flipper or fashion designer. But I like the other several million Americans have settled into the daily rat race also known as corporate America. Without business workers, such as myself America would not be the country it is today. But so many of today’s office employees are miserable, feeling like they have no purpose in life but to shuffle papers, take demands from superiors, and sit in a 4 by 4 cube all day. And therein lies the beauty of reality TV.

  1. It provides an escape from reality. Let’s face it, working 9-5 everyday for the “Man” can wear on even the most stable and optimistic person.
  2. It can help you recognize your dreams. Some shows have the ability to simply inspire you to get off your couch and do that one thing you’ve always dreamed of doing.
  3. It makes you realize maybe your life ain’t so bad. Let’s face it, you’re not in a jungle starving to death and sleeping with a bunch of cutthroat strangers ready to boot you off your island. Oh wait, maybe that is your workplace reality…seriously?!?

I’m far from a prude and often enjoy participating in open and frank discussions of, shall we say, sensitive subjects. But how many more uncomfortable and downright awkward commercials is the American public suppose to endure? Just when we thought commercials about menstrual cycles were inappropriate, feminine hygiene product were unnecessary and Viagra ads were pathetic; now we are regularly subjected to cheesy male enhancement ads. I’m not sure what I find more disturbing – the idea that “Bob” thinks taking a “natural” pill will dramatically change the size of his private parts or that the creator of the ad really thinks most women fantasy about a well endowed Santa Claus, seriously?

Some days it’s really hard being single, and then there are days like yesterday when I realize being single rocks! As I was doing my bi-weekly grocery shopping, I strolled down the very crowded diary aisle to make my usual stop at the ice cream door. I wasn’t sure how I was feeling about purchasing ice cream so I thought well I’ll see if anything jumps out at me. However, I had to wait for a couple in front of me to select their ice cream of choice which happened to be vanilla per the woman’s decision. As they walked off, I heard the husband go, “what flavor did you get?” “Vanilla” barked the woman. “Can’t we get another kind?” asked the husband. “No this is all we can afford. Let’s go” the woman demanded.

Wow! For crying out loud I thought, let the poor guy at least have a say in the flavor especially if you can only get one pint. Then I started smiling to myself, Boo-Yah! I can have whatever flavor I like – no questions asked…ahh, these are the days when it’s good to be single. Seriously

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So this past Friday night, I made the effort to pull myself off my couch (mainly because Ghost Whisperer was a rerun) and went out to meet up with some friends at a bar downtown. No thrills event, just some cocktails and conversation. I bebop down to the bar, meet up with my group and order a drink. I didn’t really “know” know some of the people in the group, so as I was talking to two of the other girls, we discovered we were all single. So we started chatting about the qualms of dating in our city and our struggles to find the one. As we were sharing our horror stories, in between glancing around the room hoping to see a guy vaguely interesting to look at, we hear a commotion going on over at the bar. Apparently, a group of women had assembled themselves in two lines to take a group picture. As they got ready to snap the picture, one of them shouts “Single”. Then another joined in “We’re single”, then another one “Single Girls!” The three of us just looked at each other with stunned faces. We have to broadcast it now. Seriously?

Now, I love a good sleeping pill. Some nights it’s the only way to end the tossing and turning and the fear of waking up with dark circles under your eyes. So I was excited about taking the new sleeping pill on the market called Ambien (this was awhile ago). Since I’m no stranger to sleeping pills, I figured it would work like all the others – you get drowsy, you lay down, you fall asleep and you sleep soundly until morning. Yea Pills! However, not so much with this sneaky crap pill.

Oh I got drowsy alright, and I laid down, and I fell asleep but then I woke up. Not in the morning as I had anticipated but on the phone having a conversation with a guy who I had recently befriended and frankly wasn’t someone I needed to be talking to with less than full faculties. He claims I didn’t say anything incriminating, but for a control freak like me it scares me to not know what I said to him. I’m actually still waiting for the day when he is flat broke and decides to black mail me in order to fund his bank account.

I guess it could be worse…I could be one of those poor souls who either ate all the contents in their fridge, had random sex, or drove around town without knowing it. And to think, this whole time I thought sleeping pills were a gift from God, who knew the Devil decided to get into the game. Seriously?

It’s my belief that every wise woman should take the time to reflect upon her life and acknowledge any life lessons she has learned. With it being the last day of 2008, it only seems appropriate that I blog about the top 5 things I learned this past year.

1. “Sinners Have Souls Too!” including me and Kim. And who would have thought that we would have found a cool church that embraced us for who we are with no judgments. Yea God!

2. Planning a wedding takes a lot of work. And if you aren’t careful you can lose months of your life in the process. I’m pretty sure we had a summer this past year, but we spent most of it helping plan the Fabulous Wedding of my sister.

3. I’m NOT a fan of all God’s creatures. Actually, I already knew this but after facing iguanas in Aruba and then maggots in my closet, I can without a doubt now add these two critters to my already long list. 

4. History Ain’t So Bad After All, especially when you have a hand in it. What a wonderful and memorable experience it was to watch the USA elect their first black president. I heart Obama!

5. Face to face interaction is essential to any relationship. Look, I’m all for technology – I love Facebook, can’t go anywhere without my iPhone, enjoy telling stories on our blog, and would be lost without email or texting. But at the end of the day, I need face time, touch time and talk time with the people in my life, and if a man can’t give me that he’s not the one for me. Besides, I’m not quite ready to embrace cybersex.

Just like any year, 2008 had its ups and its downs, but it turned out to be a good personal growth year. However, I’m looking forward to the new year – Everything’s FINE in OH-9!

Happy New Year Everyone…Seriously!


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