You have heard the term “My eyes were bigger than my stomach” right? It’s funny how that applies to so much more than food. You want something so bad, you do whatever it takes to get it. Only when you end up getting it, and it’s not as awesome as you thought it would be.
When I was kid, I think I was 5 years old, not really sure. I was small. I had this bunk bed, directly across from my bed was a dresser, it sat about chest high for the average adult. On top of it my own TV. Remember the TVs that required you to get up and twist knobs ever so slightly in order to get the next station? One of those.
So here I am, watching ‘Rescue 911’ as it were, and anyone who remembers that show knows it was a show of reenactments. Stories of survivors who almost lost life or limb for various reasons, but were saved, by, 911.
So here I am watching this show, when I have an idea.
Ideas. . . they’ll get you some times.
I want to change the channel. But I’m not convinced that this requires me to get a chair like it usually does. No. Today I’m feeling ballsy.
So instead of calling someone to change it, I decide that “Hey, I’m GREAT at climbing trees, I’ve only fell out of one this month”. I make a choice.
Watch me go.
As I make my way up this Mount Everest of a dresser I am closer to my goal. “HA, don’t need dad anymore”. I begin to reach for the dial and as you can guess, dressers are not designed to have a 5-year-old hanging off of them.
But I’m almost there, I can feel the plastic from the knob on my fingertips, I just need to make a small adjustment to my footing and I’m all good. . . . bad call
Have you ever seen a building go through demolition. If not you’ve seen a man cut a tree.
Yeah, it was something like that.
The entire dresser and TV made sure I didn’t make the ride alone.
After what seemed like at least 5 mins of falling, the back of my big skull meets the edge of my strategically placed bunk bed. Don’t worry, I caught the TV. . . with my face.
That didn’t go as planned.
I remember feeling shocked, but I got up just fine. I had bigger concerns, the noise I just made had to have attracted at least one parental. Which one though?
My father walks in the room, “What the hell is going on in here?”
I pull out my best line, “I don’t know, it just fell”.
My father wants to know what happened and then eventually as my story gets way too stupid he sees that I have a knot the size of an avocado seed raising out the back of my already large skull.
He was pissed.
Anyway, I was fine, I went to the Emergency Room to meet some guys from Rescue 911, in person.
They’re just as cool as they are on TV.
In hindsight I should’ve just used a chair or something to change the channel. But sometimes it’s easy to look at something and completely undermine the dangers involved with what you are about to do. We don’t always think full circle. We want to, but let’s be honest, not everything we do in life gets the same amount of thought as others. And that is ok. But some things, like love, it requires you to step back and look at what you are putting on the line. Ensure that you are willing to sacrifice that and make the informed decision to place your bet there. Just be prepared for what you are asking for.
Remember guys, it’s not about always doing it right. Sometimes it’s best to just live. Other times it’s important to step back, analyze the situation and make a choice, even if that choice is one you don’t really like. You have to look out for yourself.
NOBODY else will. Nor should they have to. This is our life. Gods greatest gift is the power to choose. I’m just saying it’s ok to choose a little more methodically.
The last thing you want to be left feeling, is like you were screwed over when in reality, it was your own doing. That fucking sucks right?
So I encourage you to slow things down when possible and take a second to do what is best for you. Fuck those who can’t take that. Drop the dead weight, there isn’t another person that can tell you how you feel. So take that freedom of choice and use it wisely peeps. And make sure your kiddos have a chair in the room if one is required to change channels. Stay motivated guys.
“If you’re like most people, then like most people, you think you aren’t like most people.” – Daniel Gilbert.