28 July 2013 in , ,

Royals...


YUP! Perfect.

13 May 2013 in ,

My Happy Place


For some it's the beach or the gym or the kitchen or some far away place in their mind. My happy place is my bed. It's a place where I can truly unwind. Watch some TV, read a little, write a little, nap a little, drink a little, the list goes on. I just love my bed.

Where's your happy place?

the outspoken introvert

11 May 2013 in ,

You're not that weird; Everybody does it.


OK! So some are creepier than others, but people do some weird shit. Rest assured we are not alone in our weirdness. We have everyone else keeping us company. 

1. "I know I wore this yesterday, but nobody knows that, so really it doesn't count"
Seriously, everything came together like a perfectly crafted masterpiece. If outfits were given Academy Awards yours would have won in a landslide. The problem, even though you left the house and had a perfectly productive day, nobody REALLY saw your fashion equivalent of the Mona Lisa. Since nobody saw it, it did not get a chance to reach it's full potential. By nobody I don't literally mean nobody. Sure, the bank teller, the grocery store cashier, and some random people at the mall laid eyes on the said creation but you don't wear outfits like that for them. Those outfits are worn for people you want to impress or the people you want to seduce. If those people don't see the glory, it is our obligation to give them another chance, even if it is the very next day. Since you didn't see anyone yesterday, you're the only one that knows. Am I right? Don't bother answering that, I know I'm right. 

2. "Oh yea, I totally know what you mean. I love their stuff"
So you just met. You want to seem knowledgeable and cool and like you know what you're talking about. The thing is you don't. Now, instead of making it easy on yourself and admitting your shortfall in the topic of discussion you'll nod and blurt out lies like "oh yea that was great" or "I haven't read any of his new stuff, but what I have read really touched me." You'll back yourself into a corner. Oh and the corner sucks, it sucks because the only way out is pure humiliation. That humiliation comes when you've ran out of "oh yeah's" and "uh huh's" and now you really have to add something to the conversation. You can't, because you don't know what the hell they were talking about in the first place and now they know it as well. You are not the only one in the world that doesn't want to feel left out, so they pretend. See exhibit A:


 3. "Come on guys, that was an amazing status update"
Should I post it? Yea, I totally should. It's great. I spent the last half an hour perfecting it. It's funny, it really conveys the way I feel right now. It's not to long, it's not to short. It's going to go viral. OK. Here goes I'm posting it. A day later your status received no feedback, not even a measly like. The shame is so deep that you delete it from the social world we know as the internet. It's the equivalent of telling a bad joke to a room full of people. The punch line comes, nobody laughs. Ouch. Ain't nobody got time for that.

4. "NO WAY! I honestly had no idea"
Ah, you're honestly a liar. Not only did you have an idea, you knew. You and your best friend just spent all of yesterday dissecting the information over a bottle of Malbec. You however cannot let anyone know that you know. Especially, not the person who the information is actually about. I get caught in this one all the time. Having to pretend I don't know when I know. For some reason, people tell me stuff. A lot of stuff. Top secret, nobody is supposed to know this information type of stuff. So I pretend. Don't judge me so do you. Say, you run into someone you haven't seen in a while and they go on to tell you about their wedding in Costa Rica and their great news of expecting a baby, you will pretend that you are hearing it for the first time.  You won't admit that you know what kind of dress she wore, and that you didn't really like her wedding shoes and that thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram you pretty much know the date they conceived their bundle of joy. Mmmm hmmmm, like I said don't judge me.

5. "I mean, I have to practise"
You're facing an uncomfortable situation with another human being. It's an inevitable part of being alive. Obviously you have to prepare. So you recite the conversation that you're going to have with this person. Sometimes in your head, sometimes you might even do it out loud. You know, to really make the practise run authentic. You're not the only one that does this. The person you're facing is probably practising the same conversation in front of  their mirror, while you do it in the shower. In any case, keep this weirdness under wraps. People do it, but they shouldn't talk about it.

Yea, you've done it. If not all, I will bet at least one of the above.

the outspoken introvert

28 April 2013 in , ,

Purpose


A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

         Kurt Vonnegut

17 April 2013 in , ,

Why yes, mistakes is my middle name.


Yea, I've dated the wrong people. I've said the wrong thing. I bought a house at the wrong time. I chose a generic degree. I got drunk to many times. I paid a small fortune in speeding tickets. I smoked, and not just cigarettes. I've been in accidents. I've skirted responsibility. I've been dishonest. I've been selfish. I've hurt people. I could go on, but it's redundant. 

I've made mistakes. 

Everyday I'm just trying to figure things out. Isn't that what we're all doing. Going left and going right trying to find our groove in this place. That groove, that middle ground is what Aristotle called the "golden mean". The perfect balance between excess and deficiency. On paper that guy seems to have it all figured out.

But I digress...

The point I'm making is that our mistakes do not define us. Sure, they challenge our character and hopefully teach us to be better. I mean, if you keep making the same mistakes over and over and over and over. That's your problem, not only that, it's stupid. 

Mistakes don't define our entire life. 

Dwelling is such a useless emotion. There are some instances where you have to go through the motions. Whether it's anger, grief, embarrassment, guilt  or pain. Let yourself feel whatever you need to feel in order to move on. But eventually forgive yourself and part ways with those emotions, they have to be expendable. Believe me, you'll need your mental strength for the next crap shoot you find yourself in.

For all y'all perfect folks. If you haven't made mistakes, if you always travel this world like a straight arrow -  congratulations! You are not living, you are standing still.

the outspoken introvert




15 April 2013 in , , ,

Tipping Point



I love the above quote from Don Winslow. It's so clever! I love myself some clever. 

The way I see it there comes a tipping point in each life where you must accept yourself. It is not any more what you will become. It is what you are and always will be. The idea is petrifying and liberating all at once. Pretending to be someone you're not is complete nonsense. Why would you try to fit a circle inside a square?

Now go into the world and share your new found wisdom. Happy Monday.

the outspoken introvert

14 April 2013 in

Spring? Dream on...


I was actually contemplating painting my toesies the other day in preparation for Flip Flop Day. It's that first day you get to wear flip flops again after a long drawn out affair with socks and boots. I love that day, and every other day I get to wear flippies.

Alas, nothing says Spring like twenty five centimetres of snow in the middle of April. So, since I live in what seems to be the equivalent of Antarctica I'm glad I didn't waste my time. Undoubtedly, Flip Flop day and my foot preparation have been postponed until Mother Nature decides to stop puking up snow.

the outspoken introvert

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