Thursday, August 4, 2016

Steroid Deep Thoughts: Undercurrents

There are so many undercurrents in our world right now. Our world. Earth, not just planet Mallory. Undercurrents of politics, violence and upset. I feel like I've had a lot of talks with the kids, with Phil and we are working through some really bigger than us issues.

It's scary as shit. And really hard when you are dealing with tough shit. Sometimes it feels like everyone is blissfully moving along with their lives around you and THAT can be hard enough when you are up to your eyeballs in cancer death threats. It is a choice not to wallow in the only if's. It is a daily affirmation and effort to BE in your now, deal with your shit and not try to compare or look at someone's else's world and somehow rank it all. I would truly like to thank our circumstances for the continual throat punches of reality that take me so far out on our own little island, that I've embraced the perspective. It's not a competition. Like no 2 cancers are the same, neither will anyone's path be. Instead of judging and being pissed someone has what you wish you had- be happy for them. Or just walk away and try to enjoy your life. If you want it- GO for it. If circumstances don't allow, will.not. allow. Then you and you alone have to find your happy. This doesn't mean we always are happy and dang skippy sometimes you have to fake it a bit to make it and fucking settle. By fake it- I mean put on that smile and be a decent human even when you want to barrel through crowds of people screaming profanity. By settle I mean play with the one remaining boob you have left. Define boob as you will.

Other times it feels like everyone is up to their eyeball in their own shit. We have too many people who are struggling, battling through crowds screaming profanity- posting, twittering, snapping, whining how upset they are with everything-Trump sucks, Hillary sucks,  no you suck, stop helicoptering your children, pay more attention to your children, sick of this, sick of that. Voting in this election this year is like having cancer in your brain. It might be ok. Everything might grow and swell and you might have to have surgery and nothing will ever be the same again. Or it might be fucking OK. So what do we do- you clean the house, you teach the kids to be decent humans because THEY ARE our future. We BE decent humans because we are the now. Everyone may ignore us but maybe just maybe someone might be paying attention and take cues from us. BE the changes you want to see, no matter what is going on around you. Do not blindly follow someone else's path with promises of change- it's not YOUR path. You can walk along side them, help them but look around- is this where you want to be going? Your path will be forged by your steps. They might actually be helping you around an undercurrent.  Each one of us has the capacity to make the choice to be calm in the face of crisis. Be the leader that others look to and try to emulate. Do we really want our kids running around posturing violence and puffing up their entitled little chests about how better they are, just because they can? Part of being #Blessed, is not the slactivism, the smug faithless announcement but rather NOT taking the opportunity to share in whatever good fortune you have. Not so blessed is it?

My grandmother existed on a fixed income for decades and she was the most generous person I have ever met.  With her time, her words, her food, her money and always always her prayers. She never taught me these lessons in any sort of core curriculum but the lessons were learned. The woman lost her husband in 1958 to a disease that might as well have been the plague for the stigma attached to it. She raised 5 kids and worked in a time where women simply were not considered competent to do anything but raise kids and even that with some good male supervision. And here we are a mere 60 years later with a woman President candidate and a billionaire.

 I would also like to point out that 8 years ago we elected our first black President. It's completely appalling to me that I have to put words like woman or black and first in front of the word President or anything for that matter except an official document where that identifier is somehow needed. Because we are all people. Somewhere along the line they did something to put themselves on a presidential path- work hard, compromise, make lots of money, investments of some sort. And many would like to blame everything on a single person, the President and have completely lost sight and perspective of the big picture. It is a democracy. There is choice even if so many facets of the system are outdated and broken. It is OUR broken system. The foundation is still solid. If you don't keep up with routine maintenance, you are gonna have to pay for the big repairs or Get up off your ass and fix it. You don't have to go to congress, you don't have to be in politics to make YOUR world a better place. Invest in your family. Your time, your words, your money. Invest in your community. Your time, your words, your money. When you have no time, no words, no money, Then act. Act kind. Act compassionate. Act responsibly. Act like you are not the only person who matters.

Everyone has battles and although it feels like everyone is airing their battles on social media- the ones with the biggest battles are the ones you probably have no idea about. THOSE are the people we all are letting down, those are the ones who do whatever needs to be done, to GET IT DONE. Or they die trying. Which means sometimes their kids don't get 100% of their attention- but their kids get 100% work ethic. There are people who could literally go postal at any second(remember when the post office was the scariest place where someone might lose it? Now planes, schools, theaters, clubs, EVERYWHERE is scary and you can just about guarantee someone might lose it). People are losing control of their anger all around us and it is ridiculous. The violence is ridiculous.

Social Media is like standing on your doorstep and screaming. Your neighbors are gonna hear you. Your friends are gonna hear you. The poor guy just trying to walk his dog is gonna hear you. We have taught ourselves that this is an appropriate way to behave. That everyone is allowed their feelings and actions and to be who they are. Ok. But your feelings and actions do affect other people- you cannot choose how they will interpret them but you can choose what you put out there for them to interpret. And if you don't give a shit what people think- why on earth are you putting it out there if it doesn't make the world a better place? Your world, their world, our world- whichever world- it is the same, it's only different when we think it is. Sometimes the water looks calm. You have no idea what is under the surface. There are undercurrents. They are dangerous because you can't see them. You definitely can not stop them. So you avoid them or you try to keep your ground. If you try to fight them- you are literally just wasting energy. Take that energy and make it positive. It feels better. Sometimes you just have to let the undercurrents be, walk away.

Being at the hospital a lot lately, I see people at their best and their worst. Stress, exhaustion, grief and pain bring out the best or the bring out the worst. I will again say it- because I tell my children- YOU have a CHOICE. Every feeling, every moment you have the ability to make a choice. Sure it's harder when you are tired and stressed. Even if it is in response to something out of control, you choose how to react. When someone is stomping around the vendor yelling at the poor cashier, I want to tell her to stop being an asshole as I watch an older man with unsteady hands trying to pour hot coffee as she flails around near him. Yet I carefully move myself between her and him and hold his cup. Sure I might get burned, but we might both get out of this better off. I don't know why she's there, what she has going on or why she thinks nuking artificial ramen in a styrofoam package for 3 minutes is a safer option health wise than the recommended 1.5 by the cashier. It's not even FOOD.  I do know that my engaging her will not help. She is on her path and it unfortunately bisected mine. I do not want to go down that path. She stomps out. We all live. I don't know if she is having a bad day or just a bad person. But she put a whole bunch of negative out there that I had to throw a bunch of positive on to balance. Hospitals are exhausting. Draining. Any place can be. Share your energy- the good kind, because if you have some to spare- there's usually someone nearby who could use some.

I'm not saying don't vent, don't feel the ick, or ignore the tough stuff. Do not put on the rose colored glasses, unless you need to rock that look. Then rock it until further notice. Just don't throw negative out into the world unless you have a plan for cleaning it up. If you can't try to make the world better for you, why should someone else?  Mind the undercurrents. They could pull you under or change your path. You may not want to take the path it is trying to put you on, but who knows what you will see or do along the way.  And sometimes there might be someone struggling with the undercurrents and they might just see your path and travel with you for a little while.

1 comment:

  1. Well said Mallory, well said ❤️


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