Being reminded of how fortunate we are can elicit a wide variety of responses. I’ve seen people get angry and defensive at the mere thought of a suggestion that they were gifted even the smallest things, as if they stole something and were defending it. As if they admitted that they were lucky, that they were fortunate, that they’d been set up right, someone would suddenly come and take it all away from them.
I was reminded of this some time ago during a Skype/Mimosa date with Ms. Monstir, who at the time was about to embark on a two week whirlwind tour of Europe, and more recently in correspondence with Andrew (who it just occurred to me while writing this is the only person I reference for whom I do not use a pseudonym. Though if I’m being perfectly honest I’ve never been entirely convinced that that wasn’t one to begin with…). Anyway, this ‘Andrew’ and his wife had recently been to Lisbon for a half marathon and was embarking shortly for another European destination. “How fortunate we are,” he wrote in reference to these trips as well as the position in his new career he had set up for himself.
This past week I have been reminded, quite starkly, but in a good way, of how fortunate I have been in both these factors, the travel and career. The Book of Many Faces recently reminded me that this will be the first year of The Peanut’s life that he has not spent a holiday in or even been to a foreign country. I am reminded daily that my job is to make sure things go into space, which in turn reminds me that I will soon achieve a life goal of having a gold bar pinned to my lapel. I am reminded daily that I have an amazingly awesome wife and a freakishly adorable The Peanut. The Cheese Puff delights in frequently reminding me that ‘Shit just works out for you.’
If anyone were to dare say to me ‘You’re incredibly lucky,’ I will gladly look them in the eye and say:
“You’re gods damn right I am.”
On a completely unrelated note,Wordpress has changed up their editor which as removed the ‘justify text’ option. This infuriates me to no end.