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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Day Before

10:49 PM

No!  Not the day before Scandal!!!!! Even though it is the day before Scandal, and I have a "Mellie isn't as evil as we want to think she is" post brewing.  (But if you'd like to see my earlier thoughts on Scandal specifically what Huck did wrong and why it's okay for us to side with the other woman) use the links above. 

Moving on.

Today, on my way home, I heard what I thought was going to be a funny commercial detailing someone's day:

You Wake Up
You Brush Your Teeth
You Go To Work
You Go To A Meeting
You Eat Lunch
You Go To Another Meeting
You Wonder "how am I supposed to get any work done with all of these meetings" (I found this hilarious!!!)
You Go Home
You Eat Dinner

...... The day before an tornado hits is just another day....

WAIT!!!!!! WHAAAAAAATTTTTTT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

(I tried to find the audio clip, but this video also ready.gov shows the same sans the audio)

If you know me, if you really know me, you know I'm a worrier.  In fact, when I'm not worried (thinking, contemplating, plotting) or don't feel the need to worry, I worry about why I'm not worried. I know it's bad and I'm working on it.  Let me say, this dang PSA did not help. I'm sure the goal is to remind people to have flashlights and batteries on hand or something but that's not what I did here.

Life is funny.  It is short and long simultaneously.   You (I) have to find a balance between living your life as if today is the day before and living as though the day before is 50 years from now.  For example, if today really was the day before, I surely would not have gone to work.  I definitely wouldn't have paid my electric bill.  (There's another whole post that could be inserted here about if you think the world is ending tomorrow do you try to stop it?  Or just cuddle with your family?) I absolutely wouldn't have eaten that lunch I brought to work.  But if today isn't the day before, it's probably a good idea that I will still have lights, and can continue to pay for groceries and didn't go out for lunch. 

How do you find that equilibrium?  The balance between YOLO and "I want to see my grandkids graduate from college" is nearly impossible to pin down.  Where is the midpoint between "saving for the future" and "tomorrow's not promised and you can't take it with you?"  You can't live every day like it's the day before, and you can't ignore the fact that today could in fact be the day before.  Do you settle for extra hugs and a few extra minutes on the couch? 

For now - it's extra cuddles.  And looking into a bunker or something.  They've got to be on clearance since the Mayans were wrong.

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