Throw A Shoe At it And Other Things That I learned From Being A Grownup
The place is changed now, and many familiar faces are gone, but the greatest change is myself. I was a child then, I had no idea what the world would be like. I wished to trust myself on the waters and the sea.” Beatrix Potter
The day after my husband left, the smoke alarm on a high ceiling went off for no reason. I didn’t know what to do. I called him in tears. He said “It’s very technical. Throw a shoe at it and call the repairman in the morning.” I took off my shoe and threw it and the noise stopped (albeit after a few throws). I realized then, that most people never actually feel like they know what they are doing. We are all just winging it. Here are few other things I have learned about being a grown up.
Anyone can be an asshole; it’s much harder to be kind and understanding.
No one cares if you are popular.
Everything can be viewed as a learning experience.
Your childhood punishments become your hobbies. – not leaving your room, not leaving the house and missing a birthday party.
Never be afraid to ask for help.
Green vegetables are good for everyone and not just a way to get dessert. i even put a bad tasting powder one in a smoothie.
Worrying doesn’t work.
Everything is expensive.
Kids rarely make it to the bathroom when they say they are going to throw up.
Gratitude is the key to happiness. My mother would always tell me to never feel sorry for her even though she had a tough life because she had the capacity for happiness and most people don’t. She understood that happiness came in moments. I didn’t realize that was what gratitude meant until I was much older.
Maturity is not measured by how clean your house is, by the books you read or the movies you enjoy. It is not defined by your relationship status or how much money you make; it’s defined by how well you handle all the shit life has to throw at you. Everything else is just a cheap veneer.