We are always looking for the perfect words to adequately describe situations in our lives. Our brains search through tons of words to come up with just the right adjective to put a mental image with our words. There are times that things are just so bad, so horrible, so disgusting, and so unbelievable that the only words that will do are...............This Sucks!
A dear friend of mine explained that when her children were young she wouldn't let them say suck! She believed it was an inappropriate word for a young child, however when her children became teenagers that changed. Her teenagers had to help with a cleaning project that was disgusting to say the least. My friend told them, " Sometimes all you can do with something sucky is to define it and put it on a list!" That's how, "The Suck List," was born. To this day her family still puts things on the list that truly suck to them.
So I'm going to start my own, " Suck List," to give proper attention to those moments in my life that really, "Suck!" I will be deliberate with my list, as not everything that happens in my life deserves such a catchy phrase.
Hmmmmm........what should I put on my list?
1. Well , the first item on my list is, standardized testing. I am a former teacher forced to retire due to my disability. When I did teach I had to gave standardized tests to my students. The students got so nervous on that day. They could do nothing the entire day but test, and I could do nothing but actively monitor every torturous moment. The whole day I wished that I could be teaching my precious students. Don't get me wrong, I do believe that students need to be assessed and teachers need to be accountable for their teaching, but standardized testing, "That Sucks!"
2. This is gross, but sometimes my cat pukes up fur balls that would rival Donald Trump's comb over. In fact you might swear it was his actual hair laying on the floor. When I wake up in the morning and have to face that staring up at me from the floor........."That Sucks!"
This is kind of fun so let me list some more.
3. When I try to walk like I'm not disabled, I end up looking like I'm a drunken sailor, "That Sucks!"
4. When my grandson wants me to run and jump with him, and my disability keeps me from it, "That Sucks!"
On and on I could go, but I'll stop there. Just remember when you are looking for just the right words to define a moment in your life, sometimes there is absolutely no better words than, "That Sucks!"
What would you put on your list?
Our daily lives can be difficult at best! We live hurried, fast paced lives that go 200 mph so we need something to make life more enjoyable. Anticipation to the rescue! Anticipation can help make a difficult week more bearable. We can dream and feel the excitement as we anticipate: the weekend, Christmas, vacations, parties, college football season, shopping with friends, a night at the movies, on and on. But if we live in a constant state of anticipation are we missing the small, important moments in our life? Maybe we're wishing away a perfectly good day waiting for another one to come along.
Time to stop and ponder that last thought....
However, there are some studies on anticipation and how it affects our brains. It is believed that having things to anticipate can be healthy for us. Anticipating things gives our brain a workout. Our brains release feel good hormones as we anticipate an event, and the reward center of the brain is activated. So anticipating your fabulous weekend at the cape is like exercise for your brain.
In keeping with this blog I am going to share some things on my anticipation list:
Wow! After all of that anticipation my brain is tired.
What are you anticipating in your life?
Before I begin my homage just let me say that I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know I did, but I was oh so ready to get back to regular life,
Now on to the shoes. I love shoes! I guess you got that from the picture above? Anyway, the picture above illustrates beautiful high heels, but not for me. Since my disability began many things in my life had to change, like the shoes I wore. My disability causes me to drop my foot and walk with a rather awkward gait. So, with the diagnosis came the reality that I would never again wear strappy heels. It's not like I wore them all of the time or at all as I got older, but at least I had the possibility looming out there, somewhere. I remember when I was younger and I would get dressed up and put on a pair of stilettos. I am very short, barely over five feet, but those heels made me feel like a runway model. Shoes look good on every size and shape, even if you have gained five pounds and added a sizable muffin top to your midriff . I realize high heels come with their own unique problems; sore feet and bunions, to name a few, but I can tell you that they are missed by this woman . I now have to wear flat shoes with good support. I am fortunate in the fact that there are numerous shoe companies that make shoes that I can wear, and that look good. Sketchers are my favorite! I am not going to tell you I'm completely over the loss of my beloved heels, but I am getting there.
So I bid a fond farewell to the past or should I say, Then
And on to a different way to put my best foot forward,Now
So there you have it, my story of loss and acceptance.
Do you have to wear sensible shoes? Was it hard for you to accept?