For those of us down here in the civilized regions of the country, February is when we start seeing signs of spring. In just a week or three we will start to see daffodils, jonquils and their narcissus cousins blooming in our gardens. Sure we might get another freeze or two, but the narcissus will be unbothered and keep right on blooming. It’s the first sign that we have another chance to start over and get it right this year.
My plan for 2018 is to take better care of myself and my house. My newfound motivation to do so came from one of my Charleston friends. By the end of 2017 my mood was,… “I can’t take this anymore.” I was finally fed the fuck up with living in a filthy house and being fatter than two hogs. There is a place in the ghetto very near my house I call They Yellow Store. The Yellow Store makes most of its revenue selling cheap beer, cigarettes, phillies blunts and lottery tickets. The clientele is unwashed. When I go there to grab beer because I am too depressed, lazy, and poorly groomed to go to the grocery store like a civilized human, there is always a voice in my head that says, “Really? This is your peer group now? WTF are you doing with your life?” Then I go home and drink and write error ridden blogs about really bad television shows and answer my own question.
Last weekend’s open forum was about my desire and plan to do some spring cleaning and finally dig myself out of this hole. So I started purging. I still have a lot more to do, but I am spacing it out so that my garbage men don’t quit on me. 🙂 And yesterday I paid someone I know an ABSURD amount of money to come dig me out. Now most everything is in order and my mental state is vastly different. Now the challenge is to maintain the mindset for the entire year. I updated the mental up and downs of the process in comments of the last Open Forum. I’ve added Open Forum to the black bar in hopes that you guys will update your stories in the Open Forum as well rather than going off topic in other comments. If you don’t visit the comments of the Open Forum after it falls off the front page, you are missing lots of interesting discussions.
Each small task, every closet that I brutally pruned helped to push me to keep going. I now feel like it is okay to go to a movie today because I am not ignoring more pressing issues. So I am about to sign off and put on clothes that are not sweats or men’s pajamas and go catch a matinée and then grab a bite to eat in a restaurant that does not have a drive thru and does have a bar. I may even celebrate with a class of champagne in a flute as God intended.
And if I sound all Oprahlike, it’s because Supersoul Sunday is playing in the background. Sorry. I am also still in my jammies, so I’m not out the door yet and this spouting of my accomplishments may be a bit premature.
But let’s go take on the day! 2018 is whatever we make it.