Pay Attention to the Signs

There I was, biking home tonight, and having a pretty darn good ride.  The temperature was just cool enough to get me thinking that fall would be here soon.  No real wind to deal with, and after I got past the crowds at UW, the trail was wide open.  Even the little kids on bikes were staying to the right and not turning in front of me.

As I got closer to home, past the new pygmy goats in the neighborhood (nothing says  cosmopolitan like a couple of goats a block from downtown) and decided to stop at the local butcher, Double D Meats, for some lunch meat.

I walk in, and plain as the nose on my face is a sign:

Don’t take life so seriously, 

No one gets out alive anyway!

Now, this is of course surrounded by other signs such as:

  • Kiss the cook
  • Barbcuers Like it hot
  • The best meal is one you’ve shot and skinned yourself

All really great messages.

But the first one struck a chord with me!  How many of you are or know someone who just takes everything entirely too seriously?  They never smile, everything is “Woe is me!”  They don’t have time for fun.  Why?

They need to:

  • Finish this project at work
  • Take the kids to (Insert club, sport, or activity here)
  • Clean the house
  • Visit the relatives
  • Mow the grass
  • Go to the gym
  • Or any number of other things that really aren’t any fun but HAVE to get done.

OK, I am not saying that some of these things don’t have to be done.  But why can’t we be efficient and have some fun with it.

Maybe instead of the gym, you can mow the grass REALLY fast, or use a push mower instead of a riding mower?  There are any number of ways to get exercise.  If going to the gym makes you cross, then maybe its NOT the right way.  (I hate the gym, and only use one when I travel).

Or, if the kids really like the activity that was inserted above, then tell them, OK Jr, if you want a ride, then get the grass mowed, while I clean the house.  Win win, and that leaves time for fun.  Shoot, after dropping them off, go to a coffee shop, get a hot beverage, and sit and read a book, magazine or the paper.  Relax.

If the kids don’t like the activity enough to mow the grass, then why do it?  Save the money, time and hassle but STILL make them mow.  Kids today need more exercise!  While this is being done, watch a funny movie or show, work out those laugh muscles.

I guess this sign just reminded me how much fun people DON’T have.  Some people are grouchy ALL the time, they never smile.  One lady I worked with for a while was known to groan and try to depress you with her life within 5 minutes of getting to work.  I had to avoid her.  Not because she depressed me, but because as soon as the story started I would check my watch and  yell out the amount of time that elapsed before the story started: “3 minutes 15 seconds!” and start giggling.  Yes I know its rude, but I couldn’t help it.  She was worse than Eeyore.

Eeyore as depicted by Disney
Eeyore as depicted by Disney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Instead of letting her depress me, I found a way to have fun with it!

One of the most memorable scenes from a movie I have ever seen was in Meatballs with Bill Murray.  He was getting the camp fired up for the next days competition.


And what was he telling them?  it was this:

And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we win! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above comes down and points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn’t matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they’ve got all the money! It just doesn’t matter if we win or we lose. IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER!

Was he telling them to give up, not try, stay home?  Hell no!  He was telling them in the grand scheme of things, looking at life as a whole, it really wasn’t a big deal.  And this made them try harder, and have fun while doing it!

This sign is saying the same thing.  No matter what you do, sooner or later we are all going to bite it in the end.  It’s not a depressing thought, just reality.  I am not telling you to go play in traffic or jump off a bridge.  We want the leaving this life to be FAR down the road.

What I am telling you is find a way to have fun.  Get the stuff done that HAS to be done, but give yourself a break.  Why make a bed if you are going to climb into it later that night anyway.  If it’s just you for dinner, eat out of the pot, why dirty a plate.

Then there is exercise.  Yep, we need it.  Otherwise you will end this short trip on Earth and become worm food sooner than you should.  But come on, there are PLENTY of different activities out there.  Find one you like, and go for it.  Or keep trying new stuff.

My challenge to you.  When you find yourself stuck in the weeds, grouchy or stressed, do something completely off the wall.  Go to the store without underwear on (only you will know) fart in the stairwell at work then dive out before anyone spots you, whistle a tune in the elevator, and when the doors open ask, “did anyone hear that?”  Something that makes you smile, and others will wonder why you are so happy.

And make sure to read the signs!  You never know what you might learn!


6 thoughts on “Pay Attention to the Signs

  1. I like this post. It made me laugh because I usually hate going to the gym, but I went last night! It was packed and I did ok with it. I also look at funny videos all day at work or read jokes and people think I’m just a crazy girl who laughs randomly in my cubicle 😉

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