Blogger Clean-Up: New Year's Even, 2009
Note: I am doing some clean-up on the blog and I came across this draft posting from December 31, 2009. I'm not sure why it failed to make the cut, but reading it now I actually don't think it is all that bad. Here it is, unedited and up until now not having seen the light of day.
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Well it's New Years Eve, and I'm sitting here in front of my netbook waiting for my daughters to let me know that they don't need a ride home from the various festivities that they are attending. Some could argue, quite bluntly, that my circumstances "suck", but I'd disagree. I look at it this way: I'm children are healthy, I'm healthy, I'm gainfully employed, I have friends I can rely on, and I still have my wits about me. In the end, I'm not doing so bad after all.
It's all about pespective.
One of the things that I've learned through a lot of trial and error (mainly error) in my life is that in this game, it's all about perspective. Life is like this enormous Dopler Effect at work...sure, it may seem like the road posts are moving faster when you approach them and slower as your pass them, but in reality you are still going the same speed no matter what. So it may seem that others are going faster than you...living better...having more fun...and hell, maybe they are sometimes...but in the end it's all in the reality we create for ourselves. My sadness could be another person's joy: I could complain about not being at a fabulous New Years Eve party, but that would sound pretty hallow when compared to the person who is spending tonight in a shelter.
So you know what? I'll take a New Years Eve in my office, smelling scented candles, watching the occasional cat wander by looking at me as if to say "what, you're still here?" with the full knowledge and appreciation of the fact that it could be a hell of a lot worse. In fact, it's not all that bad, truth be told.