There are many generous people in this world; people who would give the shirt off their back, or at least pull one out of the hamper, if you needed it. I have been privileged to know such people. Thankfully I’ve never found myself in need of their shirt, but they have graciously offered encouragement at times when reality has taken its toll on me.
It seems to be happening to many of us lately. We struggle to find answers, try to make our way in this world with some dignity, hold on to a bit of sanity. Some days fighting the good fight, well, it sucks. Some days it’s all we can do to just breathe and make a peanut butter sandwich. I know this.
Posts here have focused on some difficult realities. Atrocities that make us mad, sad, and terrified that this is in fact our reality. The reality of the future. When we realize it is also the reality of the past, well, it sucks. We need to do something, but what? We want to say something, but only if it doesn’t make anyone uncomfortable, create tension or attract unwanted attention. WHAT?! SERIOUSLY?!
And then…someone with dignity to spare, and a bit more sanity, threw me a lifeline. Thanks Allan for redirecting my focus and helping me to remember to laugh at myself.
Allan Smorra at Ohm Sweet Ohm passed along the REALITY BLOG AWARD to me and a few other bloggers we both follow. No matter how you may feel about blog awards, it is humbling when someone such as Allan, with an arsenal of talent, says that they find your blog to be an inspiration. So, here are my answers to Allan’s questions.
1) If you could change one thing, what would you change?
I would change the location of highway on-ramps. Yeah, they should not be located near off-ramps. That’s right! Traffic should not merge on and off the interstate in the same lane. Am I the only person who knows this?
2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?
Hmmm, tough choice. The ice age with all of those woolly mammoth carcasses everywhere, the stone age when everyone smelled like goat or the bronze age, well, really more like burnt sienna…Nah! If it’s a number you’re asking for, I think age 100. Yeah, the age when I bungee jump and get a tattoo might be worth repeating.
3) What one thing really scares you?
Reincarnation. Screwing up this life so badly that I have to come back and live in a car. Very scary.
4) What’s one dream you haven’t completed and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?
A world without laundry has always been a dream of mine. Yes, it would be totally possible with a RepRap 3D printer. Imagine leaving a design on a printer at bedtime and waking to a new outfit every morning. At the end of the day, just throw it in the recycle!
5) If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?
This must be a trick question. So, I’ll answer it with a question of my own. Why in the world would I ever want to be anyone else?
Thanks Allan. I don’t have any nominations for this award, but Black Box Warnings is one hell of a reality blog that has inspired me. Its contributors are generous and courageous. The salt of the earth!