Well, it’s officially a new year. Out with the old, in with the new, resolute your life away and all that great stuff that comes with a midnight champagne toast and some auld lang syne. I know I’ve often touched on how much can change in a year, month, week, and even day, and again, it seems fitting. Especially this year, since I think I could perhaps hold the record for most things changing in 365 days and I’m happy to challenge you for my place in the books. All day (and well, yesterday and perhaps even this past weekend) I’ve been thinking of where I was last year. Where my life was, what I was doing, what I was wanting to do, what I had found, what I had lost. And while time does seem to fly as we get older (yes, today I realized I’m in that ‘insignificant’ age bracket as seen on surveys — usually 25-40 — where apparently I’m the equivalent of a 40 year old premenopausal woman. Flattered, to say the least.), I think I’m a much different person now than I was a year ago. That said, it’s because what I’ve learned, found, discovered, and have been taught, most often by trial and error, experience, and from the most unlikely teachers. And thus, in reminiscience, I share with you the Things I’ve (Somehow, and in some way) Learned:
Some things really are too good to be true.
Try desperately, with all of your might, to teach your animals the difference between a litterbox and a bathtub, as apparently they’re often interchangeable in their cute little animal brains.
People DO read this website and will sometimes make assumptions that I’m talking about them. Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re not. And, for the record, I’m not telling which, so keep on guessing.
Trust your instincts — we often know things far before the facts add up, and we’re often right.
Sometimes things are better left unsaid.
You can’t push a horse to water, you can’t force a cat to go on a diet, and you can’t make someone love/like/lust/adore you if they’re not going to. It’s not love if you’re trying to make them love you back.
People change, and so do their feelings. And, so do your own.
A clean room/house will make you feel a bit better on those days when nothing has gone right and the world seems bleak. The same can be said for a clean closet.
Your knight in shining armour may get way-laid at someone else’s castle. Sitting around and waiting won’t get you anything but a sore butt.
Old friends are often the dearest, and new friends will surprise and delight you, adding love and laughter to your life. Your cup CAN floweth over, and this is good.
“Dude, Where’s My Car” is by far the dumbest movie alive, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.
Two big bowls of delectable chili can wreck havoc on ANYONE’S digestive system.
“There is fate but it only takes you so far. Because once you’re there it’s up to you to make it happen.” (OK, I stole this from a cheezy teen movie. It’s true, though.)
Adding more cheese than a recipe calls for makes everything a bit better. I promise.
You can’t expect people to treat you the way you want them to, but you can know you deserve better.
Spending $106 on a pair of jeans that makes your ass look like a million bucks is a very worthwhile investment that will pay off in ways you may not even begin to imagine.
Sometimes to get what you’re looking for, you have to stop looking.
HAPPY 2003 EVERYONE!