I Refuse To Accept Just Any Old Reality
THERE IS ONLY ONE THING THAT I DON’T LIKE about this time of year: The Cold; The Snow; The Icy Roads; The Crowded stores; The Nonstop Ads on TV; The Crowds at the Airport; and The Cold again.
Not that I’m complaining mind you.
I stepped out of the back door this morning and was greeted by a blast of cold air and sixty-two million snowflakes coming by at a 90° angle. That was not in my plans for the day. I was all set for it to be 85° and sunny. The fact that it was Mid-December in Indiana notwithstanding.
It seems to me to be a healthy thing for me to plan my day in The Ideal and then make adjustments as called for by circumstance. Doing that has me wearing Hawaiian Shirts in mid-winter every so often, but my attitude strives to keep me warm and in a Tahiti state of mind. People may stare, but I’m not above staring back at them. It can be quite a game and it surely is a way to meet new people, strange and judgmental though they may be.
Planning my day around my sincere hopes and wishes keeps my spirits up without having to resort to alcohol or sidewalk pharmaceuticals. Doing that saves me time, money, and having to deal with some unsavory characters – like Therapists and other Ex-Californians.
There are enough negative things in this world that can bring you crashing down if you let them. I refuse to buy into that. I want to live my life on my terms – as far as possible. I know that there are limits on how far I can push my terms. I cannot ask or demand that everyone smile, play fair, and keep a pot of coffee at hand.
But I can try can’t I?
Considering that today looks to be rather wintery, at least on the surface, I will make some adjustments. I may have a Hawaiian Shirt covering my belly, but I also have a hoodie that I can slip into to stop the shivering. The hoodie is a bright and cheerful sunlight gold so it continues my upbeat “Theme O’ The Day.”
Given the incontrovertible fact that it is about 24° outside I may switch my coffee choice from my usual “Iced” to “Hot.” With the temperature being so low I know that the Hot Coffee will become Iced Coffee soon enough. I will still get my dosage of caffeine and the only significant change will be the omission of a straw for sipping.
Iced Coffee = Sipping straw
Hot Coffee = No straw
It’s a small adjustment and I can live with that.
Tomorrow morning I will look out of the window. It may be snowy. It may be raining. It may be just dark, but I will not let The Outside call the shots for how I will construct my Inside.
I am the captain of my ship. I am the Master of my Destiny. I am the guy in the Hawaiian Shirt sitting in the corner.